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38.  Jim Marshall
Does longevity mean more than greatness?  We ask this question about Jim Marshall who had a solid twenty year career but only made the Pro Bowl twice.

Jim Marshall was truly the model of consistency.  For nineteen of his twenty year career, he patrolled the Minnesota Vikings defense in a time period that seemed to last forever.  Marshall set longevity records by setting the consecutive record for starts by a Defensive End and the most Fumbles recovered.  Although he was not a dominant player, he was very good as the NFL does not allow a player to last twenty years just for charitable reasons.  Marshall recovered 30 fumbles over his career, which is also a record for Defensive Ends.

Again, Jim Marshall was a great player for Minnesota, but without a dominating period it is difficult to see how Marshall can get into the Hall of Fame.  With only one year as a finalist, it seems that the Hall committee thinks the same.

Should Jim Marshall be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 91.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 4.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 1.6%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 2.2%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Danville, Kentucky, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Tuesday, 01 January 1985
  • Position: Defensive End
  • Played For: Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns
  • College: Ohio State
  • Drafted: 4th Round, 44th Overall in 1960
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Pro Bowl Selections (2) (1968 & 1969)
  • Other Points of Note: 4.   Games Started: 270
    15. Games Played: 282
  • Years Nominated for the Hall of Fame: Finalist: 2004

Should Jim Marshall be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 91.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 4.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 1.6%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 2.2%
Last modified on Sunday, 15 April 2018 01:23

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-1 #4 Darthbrooks Darthbrooks 2016-08-14 19:27
Shame on you for not having Jim Marshall and Don Coryell in the top five.
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+2 #3 Arthur 2015-02-02 05:24
Jim Marshall should most definitely be in the Hall of Fame his defense brought the Minnesota Vikings to four of the first eleven SuperBowls
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0 #2 Joe 2014-06-07 02:39
No mention of his first pro team????
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+3 #1 Todd 2012-11-04 20:51
Marshall is my number one choice of NFL players not in the Hall who deserve to be. What hurts him is that his defensive linemates Alan Page and Carl Eller are already in the Hall, so the selection of Marshall would be seen to be overkill.
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