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Jim Marshall (American football)
No. 70     
Defensive End
Personal information
Date of birth: December 30, 1937 (1937-12-30) (age 72)
Place of birth: Danville, Kentucky
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 1960 / Round: 4 / Pick: 44
Debuted in 1960 for the Cleveland Browns
Last played in 1979 for the Minnesota Vikings
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
  • 2x Pro Bowl selection (1968, 1969)
  • Minnesota Vikings #70 Retired
  • NFL record 282 consecutive games played by any player (surpassed by Jeff Feagles on 11/27/05)
  • NFL record 282 consecutive games played by a Defensive End
  • NFL record 270 consecutive starts played by any player (surpassed by Brett Favre on 09/20/2009)
  • NFL record 270 consecutive games played by a Defensive End
  • NFL Record 29 Opponents Fumbles Recovered in Career
  • NFL Record Shortest Play at -66 Yards
Stats at

James "Jim" Lawrence Marshall (born December 30, 1937 Danville, Kentucky) played college football at Ohio State University. He left school before his senior year, and played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. He was then drafted in the 4th round of the 1960 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. Marshall played the 1960 season with the Browns. He played from 1961 to 1979 with the Minnesota Vikings. He played in 282 consecutive games, a record since surpassed by Jeff Feagles.[1] He started 270 consecutive games, a record since surpassed by Brett Favre, another Viking.[2]

He played in Pro Bowls after the 1968 and 1969 NFL seasons. 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), Carl Eller (DE), Wally Hilgenberg (OLB), Jeff Siemon (MLB), and Roy Winston (OLB)), 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 Carl Eller.[3]

Jim Marshall is also a member of The Pigskin Club Of Washington, D.C. National Intercollegiate All-American Football Players Honor Roll.


The Wrong Way Run

During his time with the Minnesota Vikings, Marshall was involved in what is considered by many to be one of the most embarrassing moments in professional sports history on October 25, 1964. In a game against the San Francisco 49ers, Marshall recovered a fumble, but ran 66 yards with it 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, though the Vikings won the game 27-22, in part because of a key sack and fumble he forced, which was recovered by Carl Eller, who returned it for the game winning touchdown. Marshall later received a letter from Roy Riegels, stating, "Welcome to the club". [4]

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