Former Marana Tiger Paul Robinson tries to pull in a pass for the Cincinnati Bengals in 1970.

Through Aug. 23, the Star will count down the top 10 football players from each major Southern Arizona high school program:

School: Marana

The best: Paul Robinson

Achievements: Robinson went to the UA for track - not football - after leaving Eastern Arizona College. But when his track scholarship ended, Robinson turned to football out of necessity and the decision resulted in national fame. After Robinson completed his lone season at Arizona, finishing as the Wildcats' No. 2 back in 1967, the Cincinnati Bengals surprisingly drafted him in the third round. The young back repaid their faith, becoming the 1968 AFL Rookie of the Year and finishing second in MVP voting after breaking the 1,000-yard mark. While Robinson never reached the same level during his professional career, he finished his seven-year AFL/NFL career with 3,559 yards of total offense.

From the archives: "Robinson is a fine football player who gets better every day. He's a bubbly, enthusiastic competitor." - Bengals coach Paul Brown, in the Nov. 6, 1968, Arizona Daily Star.

The big number: 1,023. Robinson ran for 1,023 yards and eight touchdowns in his rookie season with the Bengals, making him the second rookie in professional football history to break the 1,000-yard mark. Robinson gained more yards in his rookie debut than he did in his previous three seasons combined.

Coming up: Find out who the all-time top 10 players from Mountain View are in Saturday's Star.

Kyle Johnson

On StarNet: Check each day to find the newest addition to the Star's galleries of top 10 players at each major Southern Arizona school at:

Marana's Top 10

1. Paul Robinson, RB, 1963

2. LeRoy Peoples, RB, 1965

3. Arthur "Sonny" Campbell, G, 1966

4. Cleveland Colter, ATH, 1969

5. Clay Hardt, RB/S, 1999

6. Lacey Colter, FB, 1965

7. Scotty Coxon, QB, 2002

8. Frank Ard, FB, 1967

9. Ken Sherman, TE/DT, 1969

10. Jerry Robinson, QB, 1966