Despite playing behind some of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, Marty Domres carved out a respectable career for himself in the pro ranks. Domres, a 1965 Christian Brothers Academy graduate, was an honorable mention All-State quarterback who also played basketball and baseball in high school.
Domres played quarterback at Columbia University where he shattered fifteen school passing records and earned third-team All-American status. He finished his college career with 4,495 passing yards, third all-time in the Ivy League in 1968.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Domres was drafted in the first round, ninth overall, by the San Diego Chargers in 1969. He was a back-up for several well-known quarterbacks such as John Hadl, Johnny Unitas, Bert Jones, Jim Plunkett and Richard Todd. Domres had his best season in 1972 with Baltimore Colts after replacing Unitas, throwing for 1,392 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Domres played for four NFL clubs and his career lasted nine seasons. He finished with 4,904 yards on 399-for-809 passing and 27 touchdowns in 90 games.
1965-1968: Columbia University varsity quarterback, set fifteen college records; one Ivy League, three Eastern and one national passing record. Columbia was ranked third in nation in offense with 2,404 yards and fourth with passes at 2,206 yards. Domres finished with 4,495 passing yards, third all-time in the Ivy League
1969-1971: Drafted in the first round, ninth overall pick, by the San Diego Chargers. 179 total attempts, 82 completions, 1,219 yards and 5 touchdowns
1972-1975: Played for the Baltimore Colts and was the man who replaced John Unitas as quarterback of the Colts. 586 attempts, 293 completions, 3,471 yards and 21 touchdowns
1976: Played for the San Francisco 49ers
1977: Played for the New York Jets
1978: Retired from football playing in 90 NFL games throwing 27 touchdowns
2004: The All-American Football Foundation Presidents Award
2004: Inducted into the CBA LaSallian Athletic Hall of Fame
Domres is a managing director at Deutsche Banc Alex Brown, an investment company downtown Baltimore