Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Jim Marshall


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Just a question…Look at the size of Jim Marshall from back in the day …do you think he culd have played in today’s NFL? Just a Smallthought…

Jim Marshall was drafted in the fourth round of the 1960 NFL Draftwith the 44th overall pick by the Cleveland Browns. Marshall played the 1960 season with the Browns before being traded along with five other players (including fellow defensive lineman Paul Dickson) to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for two draft picks in the 1961 NFL Draft. He then played from 1961 to 1979 with the Vikings and finished with a then-record 282 consecutive games (since surpassed by Jeff Feagles). He started 270 consecutive games while playing for the Vikings, an NFL record since surpassed by Brett Favre.

He played in 2 Pro Bowls from 1968 to 1969. He recovered 30 fumbles, an NFL record. He was a member of the Vikings’ famous “Purple People Eaters” (which consisted of Marshall (DE), Alan Page (DT), Gary Larsen (DT), and Carl Eller (DE), and was the final player from Minnesota’s initial expansion team of 1961 to retire. The Vikings credit Marshall with 127 career quarterback sacks, second most in Viking History behind Eller. He is one of 11 players to have played in all four of the Vikings Super Bowl appearances in the 1970s.

Marshall is best known though for what is called the wrong way run as you will see on the the second video below.

He was involved in what is considered by many, to be the most embarrassing moment in NFL history. On October 25, 1964 in a game against the San Francisco 49ers, Marshall recovered a fumble and ran 66 yards the wrong way into his own end zone. Thinking that he had scored a touchdown for the Vikings, Marshall then threw the ball away in celebration. The ball landed out of bounds, resulting in a safety for the 49ers.

While the moment was embarrassing the Vikings won the game 27–22, with the final margin of victory provided by a Carl Eller touchdown return of a fumble caused by a Marshall sack.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights…Jim Marshall.

Career history
Career highlights and awards
NFL records
  • Most yardage lost on one play (66 yards)
  • 30 opponents’ fumbles recovered, career
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 282
Games started: 270
Fumbles recovered: 30

 

Published by bklynboy59

Welcome to Smallthoughtsinasportsworld. We keep it fun and we keep interesting and informative. On Tuesdays we go back in time with Old School Tuesdays, on Thursdays we keep it fun by Smallthoughts Trivia Thursday and on Fridays ...it is Smallthoughts: Rant of the Week and Smallthoughts:Rave of the Week and we also post the answer from Smallthoughts:Trivia Thursday. I am a lifelong New York Mets, Knicks and Jets and Giants fan. I root hard for my teams and have rooted for them even when it wasn't and in some cases still isn't easy. I enjoy talking sports, and on here I get to write about it as well. I have my thoughts hence Small thoughts, we will not always agree, but respectfully speak about what we feel. I invite your comments and feedback as well. You can also follow me on twitter @bklynboy59 and facebook Jerry bklynboy Small

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