Marshall to Enter College Hall of Fame
Two-time consensus All-American and 1983 National Defensive Player of the Year Wilber Marshall will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The National Football Foundation announcing it on Thursday.
Marshall, who played linebacker for the Gators from 1980-83, was one of 13 players and two coaches who were selected to the prestigious class. The group will be honored at the NFF Awards Dinner on December 9th in New York and then formerly inducted at the College Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, July 18-19,2009, in South Bend, IN. Marshall will become the fifth Florida player to be enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame, joining end Dale Van Sickel (1927-29), quarterback Steve Spurrier (1964-66), defensive end Jack Youngblood (1968-70) and running back Emmitt Smith (1987-89). Three Florida head coaches are members of the hall of fame, including Charles Bachman (1928-32), Ray Graves (1960-69) and Doug Dickey (1970-78). Marshall will become the third Florida player and/or coach to be enshrined into the Hall of Fame in the past six years.
Florida is tied for second in the nation in the number of Hall of Fame inductees since 2003. Marshall, originally from Titusville, Fla., was a consensus first-team All-American in 1982 and 1983. Marshall finished his career with 343 tackles (210 solo), including a school-record 23 quarterback sacks. He was selected in 1999 as The Gainesville Sun's Defensive Player of the Century. Marshall still holds Florida records in career total tackles for loss (58) and total tackles for loss in a season (27). Prior to last year's Florida-Auburn game, he was inducted into the University of Florida Football's Ring of Honor. Marshall was a first-round draft pick by the Chicago Bears in 1984 and enjoyed a 12-year career in the NFL. He was a three-time All-Pro selection (1986, '87 and '92) and also earned a pair of Super Bowl rings with Chicago and Washington. In the 1985 season, Marshall was part of a Bears' defensive unit which allowed the fewest yards, rushing yards and points per game in the NFL. Chicago notched two playoff shutouts and allowed only 10 points in three postseason games as they knocked off the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX. Marshall won another championship ring with the Redskins in the 1991 season, when they handled the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI. In the NFC Championship Game that season, he sacked Detroit Lions' quarterback Erik Kramer three times in the Redskins' 41-10 victory. During his dozen NFL seasons, Marshall recorded 45 sacks and intercepted 23 passes, which he returned for 304 yards and three touchdowns. He also recovered 16 fumbles, returning them for 70 yards and one touchdown. Marshall is among the few players who have recorded 20 sacks and 20 interceptions in their career.
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