Gator Named to College Football Hall of Fame

By: Gertie The Gator

Wilbur Marshall played Gator football from 1980 to 1983. During that time, the Gators' linebacker was credited with finishing his career at UF with 343 tackles and 23 sacks - a school record. He still owns the record for the number of tackles for a loss in a career with 58, plus the number of tackles for a season, with 27. He was known as the one man wrecking crew. That says it all.

No quarterback or Receiver was safe from Marshall's moves. If asked to rush, he put the hurt on, and if he got anywhere near the ball - ho matter which opponent had it - Marshall would make the ball his, more often than not.

Marshall has long been hailed as one of UF's most solid players for years, but somehow hasn't made to the Hall of Fame until now. Last year Marshall was inducted to UF's Ring of Honor. He was a two-time consensus All America pick while at Florida, and he was honored to be the ABC National Defensive Player of the Year in 1983. His next feat was being drafted to the Chicago Bears as a first round pick the following year.

If you are not quite sure about Marshall yet, UF named Marshall the Defensive Player of the Century. And now, we have his induction into the Hall of Fame. It is time that Marshall is recognized for his contributions to the Gators and his contributions as he went on to the Chicago Bears.

Marshall's induction into the College Football Hall of Fame is not just a Milestone that only he should be proud of. Gator fans should be proud, as well. There are future Hall of Famer on many teams. Soe of them just don't know it yet. Your job as Gator Fans, is to show your spirit and sport your coors. Make sure you are wearing your Official Gator Merchandise. Let the team know you're behind hem. And remember the alums, too, like Marshall. You will see his spirit in some of the players that are up and coming if you pay attention.

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