Marc Buoniconti (’83) – Football
When you hear the name Marc Buonticonti. What do you immediately think? Spinal injury, paralysis, wheel chair, courage, conviction, hero, all of the above?
Marc’s name is already up on that wall in the Columbus High School Hall of Fame and for good reason. His amazing and inspirational life story has made him the world’s most recognizable name in spinal injury research and recovery.
His Buoniconti Fund has raised over $300 million. He is the president and driving force of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, a 23-year-old organization that he inspires every day.
Marc’s head Coach at Columbus, Dennis Lavelle, said Marc never needed one day of coaching. Said Coach Lavelle: “I just lined him up, got out off his way and just watched him find the football. He was a great player.”
Sports Illustrated wrote this about Marc, “He lived for football mayhem. On the field he resembled his father, canny and fierce. Former Dolphins coach Don Shula is sure Marc could have played pro football. Even from the top row of the stands, Marc’s hits sounded like no other.
“They didn’t have to announce who made the tackle,” Don Shula says. “You could hear it – just a great impact. He had that great ability to gather himself and unload on the ball carrier.”
As a junior, Marc was a key player on the 1982 team that went 12-2 and lost in the state final. As a senior, he was first team All-County and first team all-state.
He went on to play college football at the Citadel.