JIM MARSHALL - The NFL's GREATEST IRON MAN
This Part of Vikings Mania is dedicated to 1 thing:
GETTING JIM MARSHALL - THE NFL's GREATEST IRON MAN - ELECTED INTO THE
HALL OF FAME
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This Web Page's Address is http://www.vikingsmania.com/JimMarshall
Letters of nomination can be sent to
Pro Football Hall of Fame
2121 George Halas Dr NW
Canton, OH 44708
We can get the word out if all Viking fans and sports fans pull together.
You don't even have to be a Vikings fan, just an NFL football fan to know
that Jim Marshall belongs in the Hall of Fame. His record is truly unbelievable
and any sports fan having any knowledge of the game what so ever, can clearly
see and relate to this drive for Jim Marshall.
Vikings Mania is a true site for the fans - Lets have the fans make a difference.
Let's do this together and in a respectful manner.
So, to all of the Sports Fans, NFL Football Fans, Vikings Fans and fans of Jim Marshall - We Thank You!
November 28th, 1999 was proclaimed Jim Marshall Day by the Minnesota Vikings Organization and Govenor Jesse Ventura. Jim Marshall wore #70 for the Minnesota Vikings and that number is now retired and up on the Wall of Fame. I was at the ceremony and I took 70 photos as a tribute to Jim and all of his great accomplishments. I hope you will take some time to view these photos and celebrate this day with Jim and the 66,000+ fans who attended the game that day.
A Hall of Fame Member, inducted in 1987, wrote a letter about Jim Marshall and what it was like playing against him. Click here to see this letter! It's truly fascinating!
A group of dedicated fans and Vikings Mania have put together an official drive to see that The NFL's Greatest Iron Man gets his day that is so well deserved.
We will give you all the information you need to make an informed contribution
to this worthy cause. If you are truly a Sports Fan, A Fan of the NFL,
a Minnesota Viking Fan, and especially a Fan of Jim
Marshall, then please help this great cause by reading about Jim
Marshall's accomplishments and letting the Hall
of Fame voters know how you feel.
Above is an autographed Jim Marshall 8 x10 and a photo of the Jim Marshall
display at the Hall of Fame.
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Also - Jim Allgren "The Steel Valley Viking", lives near the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio and would like everyone to know that they will be at the ceromony holding up Vikings Banners. They would like to get together with other Vikings Fans there to help show support. It would be nice he said to get as many fans there as possible together so they will have alot of people to help hold up banners and get some attention from the media cameras, which last year, the banner they had, did make it on ESPN. The more the merrier, so if you are planning a trip to Canton, email The Steel Valley Viking.
NFL's iron men meet in Minnesota
By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Sports Writer 9/25/09
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP)—Congratulations Brett, from one iron man to another.
Jim Marshall missed the game at Detroit on Sunday when Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre(notes) broke Marshall's record of 270 consecutive NFL starts. So the former Purple People Eater made a visit to practice on Friday to personally hand over the title. “I told him I admired his career and was really happy that he was the one that is breaking that record,” Marshall said. Marshall played defensive end for the Vikings from 1961-79, earning a reputation as one of the toughest players to ever put on a professional uniform. He made a career out of carving up quarterbacks, so what does he think about a quarterback now holding such a prized record? “He's the guy we were trying to hurt,” Marshall said with a chuckle. “Every defensive lineman that he plays against is trying to hurt him. That's a tough way to earn a living.” Marshall ranks second in team history with 127 sacks and his 29 career fumble recoveries remain an NFL record. He helped the Vikings reach four Super Bowls, made two trips to the Pro Bowl and is a member of the team's Ring of Honor. “He is a special, special guy,” Vikings coach Brad Childress said. “In terms of the type of person he is and also, obviously, how he played the game.” His consecutive starts record stood for 30 years before Favre, who many view as perhaps the toughest quarterback to ever play, lined up under center in the first quarter against the Lions. Childress invited Marshall to the game to be a part of the day, but even one of the most feared players of his generation couldn't stand up to his new bride. Marshall and his wife celebrated their first wedding anniversary last weekend. “I thought about it,” Marshall said. “Then I looked at my wife and knew that wasn't going to happen.
The iron men convention was the first time Marshall and Favre have met. Marshall will be at the Metrodome on Sunday when the Vikings play San Francisco in their home opener, and it was clear that playing through the pain during that incredible streak took its toll. Marshall used a cane to get around the team's Winter Park facility following a knee replacement he had in July. Favre was unavailable for comment on Friday, but he has previously made his respect for Marshall known. “What Jim did, and you can talk about the game was smaller then and it wasn't as fast and the seasons were shorter, it's still football,” Favre said last week. “You still have to play in every one of those games. And in his case, be physical and hit or be hit. “I have said this all along, to even be mentioned with some of the greatest players to play this game regardless of position, no matter how long I've played or the honors I've received, I'm honored more than anything then to be mentioned in the same breath with guys like that.” It is a different game that Marshall will be watching on Sunday. He played at 248 pounds, which is more suitable for linebackers these days. “I think you've got better specimens,” Marshall said. “You look at some of these guys, man, they are better trained than we were. More muscular. It's a different game now. You can't really compare them.” And don't get Marshall started on the NFL's increased efforts to protect the quarterback. He remembered fondly the good old days of putting his helmet down and “hitting Roger Staubach right in the pit of his back and causing a fumble and not even getting fined for it.” That wouldn't fly today. “Stick your hand in the quarterback's face and you get fined $10,000?” Marshall said. “What's this all about?”
Letter about Jim Marshall]
[Jim Marshalls accomplishments, facts and stories]
[Criteria for getting into the Hall of Fame]
[List of honored Hall of Fame Voters]
[Contact the Voters]
[Jim Marshall Photo Gallery]
[Jim Marshall Day Photos]
[Jim Marshall Day Press Release]
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