Former Penn State Safety Mark Rubin Wins Fourth-Straight Wall Street Decathlon Title
Former Penn State safety Mark Rubin — known for causing the iconic momentum-shifting fumble against Terrelle Pryor and the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2008 — is doing pretty well for himself these days.
On Sunday, the 29-year old futures and options sales trader captured his fourth-straight Decathlon title, and did so in record-breaking fashion. Rubin bested a field of about 100 financial industry workers, finishing the Decathlon with 7,683 points. The next closest competitor — Collin Zych of Greenhill & Co. — finished 221 points behind Rubin in the event.
“The competition keeps getting better, keeps getting tougher,” Rubin told Bloomberg.com. “They were all putting up top scores and you needed to answer. Seeing them perform at a high level, you just try to rise to the competition and put up a good score or a good time.”
Rubin is forever enshrined in Penn State lore as the player who helped keep that miraculous undefeated streak alive during the 2008 season with his forced fumble against freshman phenom Terrelle Pryor. The No. 9 Buckeyes held a three point lead over No. 3 Penn State early in the fourth quarter, commandingly marching down the field thanks to Pryor’s arm and legs. Just as the Buckeyes crossed midfield on a critical 3rd-and-1, Rubin squared up Pryor and jarred the ball loose, allowing NaVorro Bowman to pounce on the ball on the Ohio State 38 yardline. The rest is history, as backup quarterback Pat Devlin entered in relief of the injured Daryll Clark and led the Nittany Lions on a 38-yard scoring drive that sealed the deal for Penn State in Columbus.
Rubin’s triumphant effort in the Decathlon was not only marvelous, but incredibly charitable. The Decathlon helped raise approximately $1.3 million for the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
Rubin can now add the title “Best Athlete on Wall Street” to his impressive resumé.