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, especially considering he was not on the Centennial Slate FInalists.
Should Jim Marshall be in the Hall of Fame?
Definitely put him in! - 90.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 5.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 1.8%