College Hall calls Marshall

Wilber Marshall was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame on Thursday.

Published: Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 12:50 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 12:50 p.m.

Outside linebacker Wilber Marshall, one of the most dominant defensive players in Florida football history, is heading into the College Football Hall of Fame.

The National Football Foundation announced in New York on Thursday that Marshall is among the 15 selected to the Hall's class of 2008. Marshall and the others will be enshrined next summer at the Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind.

The Hall selection comes only seven months after Marshall earned a place in UF's Ring of Honor alongside quarterback Steve Spurrier, tailback Emmitt Smith, defensive end Jack Youngblood and quarterback Danny Wuerffel.

Marshall was a two-time consensus All-America (1982-83) and a three-time All-SEC selection (1981-83).

His breakout game and most memorable performance came in the Gators' 17-9 victory over Southern Cal in 1982. Marshall had 14 tackles and sacked Trojans' quarterback Sean Salisbury four times in one of the greatest individual defensive efforts in school history.

Marshall still holds Florida records in career total tackles for loss (58) and total tackles for loss in a season (27).

Marshall was a first-round draft pick of the Chicago Bears and an All-Pro three times during his 12-year NFL career.

Marshall is only the eighth Gator to make the College Football Hall of Fame, joining Charlie Bachman (coach), Doug Dickey (coach and player), Ray Graves (coach), Smith, Steve Spurrier, Youngblood and end Dale Van Sickel.

Marshall, who played at Titusville Astronaut, was one of the nation's top high school prospects when he signed with UF in 1980. He started out as a tight end at Florida, but made the move to outside linebacker the spring after his true freshman season.

Marshall will be going into the College Football Hall of Fame with 12 other players (most notably UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman and FSU nose tackle Ron Simmons) and two coaches, Lou Holtz and John Cooper.

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