José Martínez-Zorrilla
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Date of birth: 24 December 1912[1][2]
Place of birth: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Career history
* Cornell (1932)
Career highlights and awards
* First-team All-American (1932)

José Claudio Martínez-Zorilla Schnaider (24 December 1912 – 17 September 1989) was a Mexican player of American football.[3]

A native of Guadalajara, Mexico, Martínez-Zorilla was one of three brothers to attend Cornell University and play for the Cornell Big Red football team from 1930 to 1932.[4][5] He was selected by the Associated Press as a first-team end on the 1932 College Football All-America Team.[6] He was also invited to play in the East–West Shrine Game after the 1932 season.[7]

After graduating from Cornell in 1933, he was hired as the head athletic coach of the polytechnical schools for the National Bureau of Education in Mexico City.[5] He also played polo for Mexico's international team and competed in fencing for both Cornell and in the Olympics for Mexico. He competed in the individual épée event at the 1936 Summer Olympics.[8] In 1942, he trained as a flying cadet in Phoenix, Arizona.[4]


  1. Jalisco, Mexico, Civil Registration Births, 1857-1947
  2. Border Crossings: From Mexico to U.S., 1895-1964
  3. Iglesias, Jorge (5 May 2001). "Gigante del emparrillado" (in Spanish). El Universal. Archived from the original on 19 April 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Martinez-Zorilla Returns to U.S. As Flying Cadet". The Cornell Daily Sun. December 18, 1942.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Jose Martinez-Zorilla '33 Named Coach in Mexico City". The Cornell Daily Sun. March 8, 1933.
  6. "Four Midwest Stars Voted Places on 1932 All-American Football Team". Evening Independent (Masillon, Ohio). 1932-12-03.
  7. "Bart Viviano Will Accompany Martinez-Zorilla to East-West Football Game in San Francisco". The Cornell Daily Sun. December 10, 1932.
  8. "José Martínez Olympic Results". Retrieved 4 June 2010.
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