TUFF TV Announces Actor & NFL Standout Ed Marinaro as Multicast Network’s First Celebrity Spokesman

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Ed Marinaro, actor and former NFL standout, has a new gig at TUFF TV – America's first multicast television network targeted at men. The channel's first celebrity spokesman, Marinaro will also be involved in the production of original programming.

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Marinaro starred in Blue Mountain State

It’s exciting to take part in a unique media opportunity like this where I can also help make an impact in the development and production of original content.

TUFF TV, America’s first multicast television network targeted at men, is pleased to announce actor and former NFL standout Ed Marinaro as the broadcast channel’s first celebrity spokesman. An NCAA record-setter at Cornell University, Marinaro became an accomplished actor after playing six seasons as running back for the Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, and Seattle Seahawks.

“TUFF TV is a top multicast network with a proven appeal to guys of all ages,” commented Ed Marinaro. “I am impressed by what they have accomplished, and with their vision for the future. The team at TUFF has a knack for creativity and the industry expertise to grow the network across all media platforms,” Marinaro added. “As a spokesman and actor, it’s exciting to take part in a unique media opportunity like this where I can also help make an impact in the development and production of original content.”

Among numerous acting roles during his career, Marinaro starred as Coach Marty Daniels on the Spike TV series Blue Mountain State, garnering pop culture acclaim as a comedic icon amongst millennial viewers. He will reprise that role later this year in the film Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland, a motion picture based on the popular cable television show.

“As a celebrity spokesman, we’re happy to have Ed as our first TUFF Guy,” commented Lou Seals, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of TUFF TV. “His multigenerational appeal as an actor and professional athlete is a perfect fit for our viewers and fans,” Seals added. “We have several innovative marketing initiatives planned involving Ed, including new promotions for TUFF TV and the creation of more original programming.”

Best known early in his acting career for his role in the groundbreaking police drama Hill Street Blues on NBC, Marinaro starred on the Emmy Award-winning series for six seasons as Officer Joe Coffey. He also appeared on a number of other network television series, including Laverne & Shirley on ABC and Sisters on NBC.

Marinaro was runner-up to Pat Sullivan for the Heisman Trophy in 1971, the highest finish ever for an Ivy League player in 20 years. He set over 16 collegiate records, and was the first running back in NCAA history to run for 4,000 career rushing yards, leading the nation in rushing for two consecutive seasons. Marinaro appeared in Super Bowl VIII and Super Bowl IX while playing professionally for the Minnesota Vikings.

TUFF TV offers programming aimed at men, consisting of seven genres including Sports, Lifestyle, Drama, Reality, Talk, Specials, and Movies. TUFF TV content features NCAA Division II football and basketball, mixed martial arts, wrestling, outdoors, adventure, music, motorsports, and more. Original programming, produced under the TUFF Originals banner, includes reality series Auto Wars and Woodwalkers.

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