Mark Anthony Fields (born November 9, 1972) is a former American football linebacker of the National Football League.
Washington Preparatory High School in Los Angeles. He attended Southwest College and Compton College before attending Washington State.
college football for Washington State University, where he was named PAC-10 Defensive Player of the Year. He was selected in the first round (13th overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. He played six years in New Orleans, leading or coming close to the team lead in tackles. He later played one year with the St. Louis Rams and in the Super Bowl before signing with the Carolina Panthers before the 2002 NFL season. However, before the start of the 2003 season, he learned he had Hodgkin's disease, and he was forced to sit the season out. Both he and linebackers coach Sam Mills were sources of inspiration for the team, who made it to Super Bowl XXXVIII before losing to the New England Patriots. Fields returned to play in the 2004 NFL season, and made the NFC team at the 2005 Pro Bowl. Fields was awarded an ESPY for comeback player of the year in 2004, as well as the ED Block Courage Award. He took part in forming the 'Keep Pounding" foundation with the Carolina Panthers.
Fields learned before the start of the
2005 season that his Hodgkin's had returned, and so he turned down a new contract offer from Carolina.
Fields is owner of MLF Holdings, LLC, a real estate investment company that also does bridge loans, and owner of MLF Enterprises, LLC DBA/Best Dollar. He is currently working on his degree in business administration. His son, Mark Fields II (M2) plays cornerback for
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