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Wilber Marshall : biography

April 18, 1962 -

Wilber Buddyhia Marshall (born April 18, 1962) is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for twelve seasons during the 1980s and 1990s. Marshall played college football for the University of Florida, and was twice recognized as an All-American. He was selected in the first round of the 1984 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins, Houston Oilers, Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets of the NFL. He was a member of two Super Bowl-winning teams, and was named to the Pro Bowl three times during his NFL career.

Life after football

Marshall has spent much of his life after football suffering from injuries he sustained during his professional career. His health has declined as the years progressed, but Marshall has refused to receive surgery to repair his injured spine, shoulder, and knees. Permanently disabled, Marshall’s days of battling other players have been replaced with days of fighting the NFL and the players' union over a settlement pertaining to his injuries.

In 2008, Marshall prevailed in his long-pending dispute over his entitlement to total disability benefits from the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan. However, by this time, he had filed for bankruptcy.See Marshall v. The Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan, 261 Fed. App. 522 (4th Cir. 2008). He currently resides in Sterling, Virginia.

Early years

Marshall was born in Titusville, Florida.Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, . Retrieved Marsh 17, 2011. He attended Astronaut High School in Titusville,College Football Hall of Fame, Hall of Famers, . Retrieved June 10, 2010. where he was a Parade magazine All-American high school football player for the Astronaut War Eagles."," Florida High School Athletic Association (December 12, 2007). Retrieved May 26, 2011. In 2007, twenty-nine years after he graduated from high school, the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) named Marshall to its "All-Century Team," recognizing him as one of the thirty-three greatest Florida high school football players of the last 100 years.

Professional career

Chicago Bears

Marshall is perhaps best known as a significant member of two Super Bowl championship teams, the 1985 Bears and the 1991 Redskins. In 1985, the Bears, behind one of the most celebrated defenses in league history, finished the regular season 15–1, shut out both opponents in the playoffs, and beat the New England Patriots 46–10 in Super Bowl XX. In a 37–17 week 16 victory over the Detroit Lions, Marshall delivered a stunning hit on Lions' quarterback Joe Ferguson that left Ferguson flat on his back, knocked out cold. But perhaps Marshall's most memorable moment came in the 1985 NFC Championship Game, against the Los Angeles Rams. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, snow began to fall at Soldier Field, eliciting loud applause from the Bears fans in attendance. On the next play, Bears defensive end Richard Dent sacked Rams quarterback Dieter Brock, causing Brock to fumble the football. Marshall picked up the loose football and, alongside William Perry, ran 52 yards through the falling snow. The Bears beat the Rams 24–0, and Marshall's fumble return for touchdown continues to be the highlight from that game most replayed.America's Game: The Super Bowl Champions, "#2. 1985 Chicago Bears." Premiered on CBS, Feb. 3, 2007 Fox News Chicago also named that play to be the most iconic moment of the game, and of the season, as well. He also had a good performance in the Super Bowl, recording a sack and recovering a fumble. In 1986, Marshall recorded five interceptions and 5.5 sacks and was named first-team All-Pro for the first time.

Washington Redskins

In the spring of 1988, Marshall became the first NFL free agent in eleven years to sign with another team, agreeing to a five year/six million dollar contract offer to play for the Washington Redskins, the team that had eliminated the Bears from the NFL playoffs in each of the previous two seasons.Thomas George, "," The New York Times (May 22, 1988). Retrieved August 16, 2010. When the Bears declined to match the offer, the Redskins had to give them their two first-round draft picks in the next two NFL Drafts as compensation.

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