Marc Colombo, a former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman who started 72 of the 76 games he played during his six-year run with the club, settled into the next phase of his NFL career as an assistant coach with the Cowboys in 2015.
He returns to the coaching staff in 2016 as the club’s assistant offensive line coach after spending 2015 as an offensive assistant, mainly working with the o-line. Three of his linemen earned Pro Bowl nods following the 2015 season, with Tyron Smith (third)Travis Frederick (second) and Zack Martin (second) each earning the honor. The line helped Darren McFadden rush for his second career 1,000-yard season (1,089) on a career-high 239 carries.
Colombo retired in 2012 as a Cowboy and joined the Cowboys during the 2014 season as an assistant in the personnel department. He then joined the offensive coaching staff for the 2015 season to help supplement the loss of offensive line/offensive coordinator Bill Callahan, working with one of the most talented front groups in the NFL.
Drafted in the first round (29th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft, Colombo played in 10 games with five starts at tackle for the Chicago Bears before a knee injury ended his season and caused him to miss the entire 2003 season. He returned to the field in 2004 with the Bears, playing in eight games with two starts in the second half of the season. Colombo was waived by Chicago in September of 2005 and signed with Dallas, seeing action in four games for the Cowboys the remainder of the season.
Colombo assumed a starting role at right tackle for the Cowboys in 2006, and went on to start 72 games at the position for Dallas over the next five seasons, playing a key role in one of the top scoring offenses in the NFL with an average of 25.0 points-per-game from 2006-10, seventh-best in the league.
Colombo concluded his playing career with the Miami Dolphins in 2011 where he started all 16 games at tackle.
Throughout his collegiate career at Boston College, Colombo helped pave the way for a strong rushing attack that produced a 1,000-yard rusher each of his four years on the offensive line, and kept his quarterback upright as well, not surrendering a sack during his final two years as a starter (2000-01). He earned All-Big East Conference honors as a senior in 2001 playing both tackle positions for a offense that produced 4,361 yards and ranked in the top-20 nationally in rushing.
Colombo graduated from Boston College with a degree in sociology in 2001.
He and his wife, Jessica, have a daughter, Olivia, and a son, Jack.