Fifty years after being drafted by Vikings, Ed Marinaro to announce their second-round pick

Fifty years after his name was called by the Vikings in the second round of the NFL draft, Ed Marinaro will announce their second-round pick.

Marinaro said Tuesday he will be in Las Vegas on Friday night to announce that Minnesota pick on Day 2 of the draft. It is annual occurrence that the NFL has former players announce draft picks on Day 2.

“It’s going to be an adventure,’’ Marinaro said from his home in Charleston, S.C. “I’ll figure out something to make it memorable.”

Marinaro was taken with the No. 50 pick in 1972 and played for the Vikings from 1972-75. He later become an actor, including having a role on the acclaimed television show “Hill Street Blues.”

Before going to Las Vegas, Marinaro will stop in Minnesota. He will be a special guest for a pre-draft event at Splitrocks on Wednesday night in Wyoming, and then be on hand for the Vikings’ draft party during the first round Thursday night at U.S. Bank Stadium.

“My wife (Tracy York) is going to come with me, so it will be kind of fun,’’ Marinaro said. “They’re taking good care of us. Hopefully, I’ll see some of my old teammates.’’

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