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Posted Friday, July 11, 2008 by Staff
Just as Coach Wyatt has been fortunate, during my coaching career, to have some great quarterbacks, he has also had some great receivers. The best of them all may have been Mark Rothwell, WR, University of Wisconsin-Stout. Mark whose nickname was “Rocky” was a NCAA III All American at UW-Stout in 1988 before signing as a free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals. As a collegian, Rocky accounted for 129 receptions for 2255 yards and 21 TDs during the 1987 and 1988 seasons, with his best year being in 1987 with 1090 yards receiving in 10 games. An excellent student, Rocky was named as a GTE Academic All American, as well.

Joining the Bengals in the season immediately after they had been to the Super Bowl, Rothwell found it difficult to crack the roster and was released on the final cut. Later, that year he joined Coach Wyatt with the Aquile (Eagles) Ferrara in Italy. During his three year stint in the NFL-Italy, Rothwell caught 232 passes for 4901 yards and 70 TDs. With his rushing and return specialist duties, he accounted for 6,983 yards and 90 TDs.

“Rothwell is a great, great receiver. I would have loved to have had him play for me at Colorado State. He’s exceptional; easily the most respected player in Italy” stated Sark Arslanian, former Colorado State Head Football Coach whose Pharones (Pharaohs) Milano defeated Rothwell’s Aquile team 40-32 in the semi-finals and went on to claim the 1992 NFL-Italy Championship.

Rothwell was a rare talent who also benefited from the passing system that Wyatt has used in the past with great success.

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