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Marshall Faulk
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Marshall Faulk playing Madden NFL 07 for the Xbox 360.
Running back
Jersey #(s)
Born February 26, 1973 (1973-02-26) (age 36)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Career information
Year(s) 19942006
NFL Draft 1994 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
College San Diego State
Professional teams
Career stats
Rushing Yards 12,279
Average 4.3
Total Touchdowns 136
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

Marshall William Faulk (born February 26, 1973) is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League. He is currently an analyst for NFL Total Access on the NFL Network. He played football in college for San Diego State University, before being drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1994 NFL Draft. Following the 1998 season Faulk was traded to the St. Louis Rams. Marshall is one of the 3 players(Marcus Allen & Tiki Barber) to reach at least 10,000 rushing yards and 5,000 receiving yards in his career and the only one to have 12,000 yards rushing, 6,000 yards receiving.[1] His seven two-point conversions are an NFL record.[2] His 5 games of 250+ yards from scrimmage and 14 games of 200+ yards from scrimmage are also NFL records. Marshall Faulk is the only player to have 70+ rushing touchdowns and 30+ receiving touchdowns. Due to a knee injury, Faulk did not play in the 2006 season. During the season he became an analyst for the NFL Network. Faulk announced on March 26, 2007 that he had officially retired from football at the annual NFL Owners meeting.[3] Faulk had his #28 jersey retired by the St. Louis Rams on December 20, 2007.



Marshall Faulk's game ball from the September 14, 1991 game when he ran for a NCAA-record 386 yards and scored 44 points. Faulk did this in his second game as a true freshman for San Diego State.

Marshall Faulk was a stand-out back at San Diego State University, compared to Gale Sayers, Roger Craig and Thurman Thomas with his ability to rush and receive. In one of the most prolific performances of his entire career, he ran all over the University of the Pacific in just his second collegiate game. In 37 carries, he racked up 386 yards and scored seven touchdowns, both NCAA records for freshmen, and built on this performance throughout the year. He compiled one of the greatest freshman seasons in NCAA history, gaining 1,429 yards rushing, with 23 total touchdowns (21 rushing), and 140 points scored. Although in the next two seasons he would not replicate the success of his freshman year, he showed in his final season at SDSU he was still an all-purpose back, catching 47 passes for 640 yards, which aided him in ranking 3rd in all-purpose yardage that year and 2nd in scoring. Faulk left San Diego State University with many of the school's offensive records, amongst them 62 career touchdowns, which is the 8th most in NCAA history.[4]

NFL career

Indianapolis Colts (1994–1998)

Faulk was drafted 2nd overall in the 1994 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts, who were in desperate need of a running game. Faulk ran a 4.28 forty-yard dash time at the combine. On March 31, 1994, Faulk ran a 4.35 forty-yard time at the San Diego State Pro Day.[5] Faulk responded by rushing for 1,282 yards, 11 touchdowns, and one receiving touchdown.[6] The Colts improved to 8-8. Marshall Faulk, later that season, would become the first NFL player to win both the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award and the Pro Bowl’s Most Valuable Player Award in the same season.

The next season Faulk rushed for 1,078 yards and 14 total touchdowns.[6] The Colts made the postseason, going 9-7, and narrowly missed the Super Bowl after a close loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game which Faulk missed due to a nagging toe injury.

The next year was a miserable one for Faulk. Because of a toe injury he suffered earlier in the season, he only rushed for 587 yards, with a 3 yards-per-carry average.[6] He recovered from the injury and rushed for 1,000+ yards in each of the next two seasons, setting a new personal high with 1,319 in 1998.[6] He also caught 86 passes for 906 yards that year and was the NFL's leader in total yards from scrimmage with an astounding 2,227, beating out Denver's MVP running back Terrell Davis by 2 yards, while also finishing 4th in the league in receptions. It would also be the first of an NFL-record 4 consecutive 2,000+ total-yard seasons.

St. Louis Rams (1999–2006)

Faulk was traded to the St. Louis Rams the following season due to problems he referred to as "misunderstandings."Faulk had missed practices and was considered holding out for a new contract. Colts president Bill Polian did not want his young team's chemistry damaged, so he traded Faulk for second- and fifth-round picks in the upcoming draft (used to draft LB Mike Peterson and DE Brad Scioli). The Colts moved on at the position, drafting Edgerrin James in the first round.

In his first year in St. Louis, Faulk was the catalyst for "The Greatest Show on Turf", a nickname given to the Rams' spread offense formation, innovated by Dick Vermeil and Mike Martz. In this offense he put up some of the best all-purpose numbers in the history of the NFL. Faulk's patience and diligence in learning the Rams' offense paid off when he totaled an NFL record 2,429 yards from scrimmage(which has since been broken by Chris Johnson in 2009), eclipsing Barry Sanders's record of 2,358 yards set in 1997. With 1,381 yards rushing (5.5 yards-per-carry average), 1,048 receiving yards, and scoring 12 touchdowns, Faulk joined Roger Craig as the only men to total 1,000+ yards in each category in a season.[6] The Rams eventually went on to win Super Bowl XXXIV. In the game, Faulk was contained on the ground by Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher's defensive scheme, limiting him to just 17 rushing yards. This was perhaps due to the Titans' inability to stop the Rams' passing game, of which Faulk was a major part, recording 5 receptions for 90 yards. His 90 receiving yards were the second highest total by a running back in Super Bowl history. At the end of the season, he received the NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award and also the leading rusher in NFL, with 1,389 yards and starter for the NFC squad in the 1999 Pro Bowl.

The following year, Faulk became the first running back in NFL history to lead his team in receptions five separate seasons (three in Indianapolis and twice in St. Louis). In addition, he was the NFL MVP and again the Offensive Player of the Year in 2000. He had 1,359 yards rushing in fourteen games and set a new NFL record with 26 total touchdowns, (a record that would soon be broken by Priest Holmes and then later by Shaun Alexander and LaDainian Tomlinson), despite missing two games due to injury.[6] He also averaged 5+ yards per carry again, this time with 5.4.[6] The Rams, however were not able to replicate the record they had the year prior. Even with the offense scoring the most points and yards during the "The Greatest Show on Turf" era, the defense gave up 470 points.

The Rams returned to the Super Bowl the next year as their defense returned to form, allowing only 273 points, and the offense once again scored over 500 points, with 503. Faulk had another excellent season, rushing 260 times for a career-high 1,382 yards (5.3 yards per carry), and catching 83 passes for 765 yards, for an NFC-leading total of 2,147 yards from scrimmage (second in the NFL only to Priest Holmes, who totaled 2,169 yards) and scoring 21 touchdowns despite once again missing 2 games to injuries.[6] Faulk won, for the third year in a row, the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year award, but finished second in a close vote to teammate Kurt Warner in the MVP vote. These years would be the climax of Faulk's career.

Faulk's injuries and age would soon catch up to him; 2001 was the last of his 1,000-yard rushing seasons,[6] and though he was still employed as the Rams' primary running back for several years following the 2001 season, he was no longer the player he had been in his prime, despite remaining a respected and effective player.

On July 21, the Rams announced the Faulk would undergo reconstructive knee surgery and miss the entire 2006 NFL season. During the season Faulk served as an analyst for the NFL Network's NFL Total Access.

On an edition of CBS's "NFL Gamecenter" on November 20, 2006, Faulk was the center of controversy when he stated that a "quarterback 'makes' the offensive line" and that he could pass-rush against his former teammate Orlando Pace, one of the league's premier pass-protectors, with success given enough attempts, belittling the importance of a good offensive line to a team. Immediately after the commercial break that ensued, he was nowhere to be found on the set.

During an NBC Sunday Night Football halftime show, Faulk was asked by one of the announcers, "So are you retired or not?" Faulk said that he was still a Ram, and would be a Ram for the rest of his life. He then said that if the Rams would have him back, he would play next year, as he was able to run full speed on his re-built knees, however on March 26, 2007, Faulk announced his retirement from football.

On November 29, 2007, the Rams announced that they would be retiring Faulk's number. The ceremony was during halftime of the Thursday night game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 20, 2007.

Professional statistics

Rushing Stats
1994 Indianapolis Colts 16 16 314 1282 4.1 52 11 12 58
1995 Indianapolis Colts 16 16 289 1078 3.7 40 11 6 68
1996 Indianapolis Colts 13 13 198 587 3.0 43 7 1 41
1997 Indianapolis Colts 16 16 264 1054 4.0 45 7 7 65
1998 Indianapolis Colts 16 15 324 1319 4.1 68 6 5 62
1999 St. Louis Rams 16 16 253 1381 5.5 58 7 9 65
2000 St. Louis Rams 14 14 253 1359 5.4 36 18 6 78
2001 St. Louis Rams 14 14 260 1382 5.3 71 12 8 70
2002 St. Louis Rams 14 10 212 953 4.5 44 8 5 51
2003 St. Louis Rams 11 11 209 818 3.9 52 10 5 49
2004 St. Louis Rams 14 14 195 774 4.0 40 3 2 45
2005 St. Louis Rams 16 1 65 292 4.5 20 0 1 15
2006 St. Louis Rams 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 176 156 2836 12279 4.3 71 100 67 667
Receiving Stats
1994 Indianapolis Colts 16 16 52 522 10.0 85 1 3 2 22
1995 Indianapolis Colts 16 16 56 475 8.5 34 3 4 0 118
1996 Indianapolis Colts 13 13 56 428 7.6 30 0 3 0 18
1997 Indianapolis Colts 16 16 47 471 10.0 58 1 3 2 15
1998 Indianapolis Colts 16 15 86 908 10.6 78 4 12 1 44
1999 St. Louis Rams 16 16 87 1048 12.0 57 5 14 4 40
2000 St. Louis Rams 14 14 81 830 10.2 72 8 6 2 42
2001 St. Louis Rams 14 14 83 765 9.2 65 9 5 1 40
2002 St. Louis Rams 14 10 80 537 6.7 40 2 3 1 23
2003 St. Louis Rams 11 11 45 290 6.4 30 1 3 0 11
2004 St. Louis Rams 14 14 50 310 6.2 25 1 2 0 12
2005 St. Louis Rams 16 1 44 291 6.6 18 1 0 0 18
2006 St. Louis Rams 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 176 156 767 6875 9.0 85 36 58 13 303

Post NFL career

Personal life

Faulk currently resides in San Diego, California[7] and has also moved his charitable foundation there.[8] Faulk's childhood friend Damian Warren helped him start his foundation. Faulk is also related to Kevin Faulk, running back for the New England Patriots.

In 2009, Faulk was also inducted by the San Diego Hall of Champions into the Breitbard Hall of Fame honoring San Diego's finest athletes both on and off the playing surface.[9]

On a episode of Thursday Night Football on December 19, 2009 Faulk discussed selling popcorn and cotton candy in the stands of the Louisiana Superdome, only to return years later to compete in the Super Bowl.


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jerome Bettis
AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
Curtis Martin
Preceded by
Kurt Warner
AP NFL Most Valuable Player
Succeeded by
Kurt Warner
Preceded by
Terrell Davis
Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year
1999, 2000, 2001
Succeeded by
Priest Holmes
Preceded by
Kevin Carter
Rams Most Valuable Player Award
Succeeded by
Marc Bulger


Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Marshall Faulk (born 1973-02-26 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Indianapolis Colts and the St. Louis Rams.


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