Skip to content

Vikings begin push to put Jim Marshall in Canton

Getty Images

The Vikings hope that a player who once ran the wrong way with the football will end up running right into Canton.

Vikings owner/president Mark Wilf told PFT Live on Tuesday that the team has embarked on an effort to get defensive end Jim Marshall, a key member of the Purple People Eaters, into the Hall of Fame. Marshall would be eligible for consideration by the Senior Committee.

A fourth-round pick of the Browns in 1960, Marshall spent 1961 through 1979 with the Vikings, appearing in 282 straight games with 270 consecutive starts. He still holds the career record for the recovery of opponents’ fumbles with 29.

Marshall, 79, also appeared in four Super Bowls with the Vikings. Fellow Vikings defensive linemen Alan Page and Carl Eller previously made it to Canton.

Permalink 46 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Home, Minnesota Vikings, Rumor Mill
46 Responses to “Vikings begin push to put Jim Marshall in Canton”
  1. Matt from San Diego says: Mar 28, 2017 6:08 PM

    About time.

    270 consecutive starts?

    Lets do it.

  2. islandpackfan says: Mar 28, 2017 6:13 PM

    Packer fan here, and this is a no-brainer. Why the heck isn’t he already in there is the real story.

  3. leroysbutler says: Mar 28, 2017 6:15 PM

    Jerry Kramer.

  4. macneil4025 says: Mar 28, 2017 6:27 PM

    Jim Marshall is exactly the type of player who should be in the HOF!! Period

  5. nflpoker says: Mar 28, 2017 6:27 PM

    Let’s see if any of todays players who get owies all the time can play 270 straight games. I used to love watching those guys playing winter football in all the snow, rain, and mud at old Metropolitan Stadium. That’s the way the game was meant to be played.

    Sure they lost all 4 superbowls, but how many teams were in 4. It would have been nice if both the Vikings and Bills won one each.

    Well, it’s time for the dribbling trolls to chime.

  6. vikes49 says: Mar 28, 2017 6:29 PM

    Please make this happen!!! Iron man!!! SKOL!!

  7. dawoger says: Mar 28, 2017 6:29 PM

    If he does get in will he know enough to face the crowd when giving his induction speech?

  8. gbbvan says: Mar 28, 2017 6:37 PM

    Hope he gets in, but hope he doesn’t walk the wrong way!

  9. nflpoker says: Mar 28, 2017 6:39 PM

    Mar 28, 2017 6:29 PM
    If he does get in will he know enough to face the crowd when giving his induction speech?

    =====================================

    Gee, I wonder how long it took you to think that one up.

  10. Ferdinand says: Mar 28, 2017 6:41 PM

    Initially misread the headline and thought – Jim Miller in the HOF?

    Then I remembered he was a Bear and felt doubly foolish.

    lol on me.

  11. oscarxray says: Mar 28, 2017 6:58 PM

    That’s a surprise. I just assumed he was already in the HOF.

  12. igocommando says: Mar 28, 2017 6:58 PM

    He is very deserving of a Hall of Fame induction. 270 consecutive starts in the trenches will probably never be broken.

  13. belugataxi says: Mar 28, 2017 7:06 PM

    As Matt from S.D said, “It’s about time”. This should be a no-brainer.

    And packer trolls claim they are so classy. (Lower case intended)

  14. whatjusthapped says: Mar 28, 2017 7:16 PM

    If you insist on putting a Viking into the HOF in the near future, Jim “Wrong Way” Marshall is the most fitting. His biggest play on the NFL stage has made every blunder reel for the last 50 years, he’s never won a championship and has played in several Superbowls, both epitomizing the futility of playing for the Vikings.

  15. bondlake says: Mar 28, 2017 7:17 PM

    Packer fan here, and by all means, Jim Marshall deserves to be in. He was a class act and fun to watch.

    Maybe his fumble recovery and run in for a TD in the wrong direction will be in his highlight clip.

    I would have loved it if he would have been in a GB uniform.

    So, please do not say that all GB fans are trolls.

  16. lurch61 says: Mar 28, 2017 7:20 PM

    I was at the game in kezar stadium in the 60’S and witnessed his wrong way run. That event alone sbould qualify him to be in the HOF

  17. vikinghooper says: Mar 28, 2017 7:20 PM

    As a Viking fan, this guy was solid but made no plays in the playoffs.
    He dropped an int at the goal line that would have stifled the Rams in 76, although the Vikings still won.
    In 4,7,9 and especially 11, he got steamrolled, never got pressure, and was a non factor.
    I like Marshall, but lets keep the HOF for elite playmakers that dominated occasionally, not very good solid players.
    By the way, Eller only made one playoff play, a safety of Gabriel in 69, and Tingelhoff got dominated in all 4 SBs. Very good players but not HOFers, in my Viking book.

  18. hawks4me says: Mar 28, 2017 7:25 PM

    Put him in…right after Jerry Kramer

  19. chris1cat says: Mar 28, 2017 7:38 PM

    whatjusthapped says:
    Mar 28, 2017 7:16 PM
    If you insist on putting a Viking into the HOF in the near future, Jim “Wrong Way” Marshall is the most fitting. His biggest play on the NFL stage has made every blunder reel for the last 50 years, he’s never won a championship and has played in several Superbowls, both epitomizing the futility of playing for the Vikings.

    Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese for brains

    Youthful arrogance at work……sir you are a fool!

  20. truvikingfan says: Mar 28, 2017 7:51 PM

    Seriously…..if I see Jerry Kramer one more time, I’m gonna puke! Marshall held the most consecutive games played until Favre. All Kramer could hold was a cold drink! Be real!

  21. filthymcnasty3 says: Mar 28, 2017 8:04 PM

    Canton is this way Jim.

  22. eatme2259 says: Mar 28, 2017 8:05 PM

    dawoger says:
    Mar 28, 2017 6:29 PM
    If he does get in will he know enough to face the crowd when giving his induction speech?

    ////////////

    Viking fan here and that was pretty funny

  23. mooncussersss says: Mar 28, 2017 8:06 PM

    Wow! I never realized he wasn’t in. This is ridiculous.

  24. breadmeatcheese says: Mar 28, 2017 8:10 PM

    obviously it goes without asking, but did reporters like marshall’s personality?

    it’s the most important criterion, these days, for the bloggers’ all time fan boy club.

  25. eatme2259 says: Mar 28, 2017 8:14 PM

    whatjusthapped says:
    Mar 28, 2017 7:16 PM
    If you insist on putting a Viking into the HOF in the near future, Jim “Wrong Way” Marshall is the most fitting. His biggest play on the NFL stage has made every blunder reel for the last 50 years, he’s never won a championship and has played in several Superbowls, both epitomizing the futility of playing for the Vikings.

    //////////

    The first Viking game I watched was the Super Bowl against KC. I have put in my dues of coming so close and can speak of the futility. After reading some of your posts you are maybe 15 and the only futility you should be speaking of is trying to keep your face acne free.

  26. beerbratscheese says: Mar 28, 2017 8:23 PM

    Wow, Four Super Bowls. How many of them did he win?

  27. gtodriver says: Mar 28, 2017 8:35 PM

    What’s even more impressive about Marshall’s 270 straight games – that’s every single game of his 19 year Viking career.

    That record will most likely never be broken!

    Had they been playing 16 games per season for all of his career – he’d have had 304 consecutive starts.

    A little known fact – the Vikings have 3 players in the Top 10 in consecutive starts in the NFL – Marshall with 270, Mick Tinglehoff (HOF) with 240 and Alan Page (HOF) with 215.

  28. fmc651 says: Mar 28, 2017 8:35 PM

    The Vikings shouldn’t have to push this. Come on NFL.

  29. tonebones says: Mar 28, 2017 8:57 PM

    Jim Marshall hasn’t played in a football game for nearly 40 years. I guess I’m puzzled about why he suddenly becomes a HOFer. So I guess someone decides to push a guy. The media starts pounding the drum. All of the sudden, a guy becomes a HOFer. That’s cool. I loved Jim Marshall. If he played in New York or L.A., he’d have been in the HOF 30 years ago.

  30. cribbage12 says: Mar 28, 2017 9:00 PM

    If they give out HOF trophies, maybe the Vikes can shopvac the old trophy case and let big Jim display a trophy for all Vikes fans to see (unless they go to away Vikes games at Lambeau).

  31. mnrasslinggovjesse says: Mar 28, 2017 9:19 PM

    truvikingfan says:

    Seriously…..if I see Jerry Kramer one more time, I’m gonna puke! All Kramer could hold was a cold drink! Be real!

    I’m afraid you’re the one who needs a helping of “real.” Maybe if you held the drink, Kramer could kick it through the uprights for you. In a Championship game in horrible conditions in NY, he stepped in as a substitute PK and his extra point and FGs made the difference in the GB victory. Not only one of the best OGs ever, but versatile enough to win games with his foot. Should be in before Marshall – who I agree should be in.

  32. ncfloyd says: Mar 28, 2017 9:41 PM

    Ask his contemporaries if he belongs and you’ll get a hard NO! Remember both the Dolphins and Steelers in back to back Super Bowls ran left right at him because they knew he was the weak link.

  33. whatjusthapped says: Mar 28, 2017 9:58 PM

    eatme2259 says: the only futility you should be speaking of is……

    ===========================
    What, 0-4 in Superbowls doesn’t qualify as futility?

    How about 0-5 in the last 5 NFC Championship games since that 0-4 era of losing Superbowls, might that qualify as futile?

    Nah, let’s instead focus on how to lose playoff games, a FB kicker in 98, the 27 yard miss vs. the Seahawks, or how about Peterson’s fumbling, or 12 men in the huddle, does any of that qualify as futility?

    Geez, if the Vikings weren’t so comical, I don’t know how you guys could survive all this.

  34. charger383 says: Mar 28, 2017 9:58 PM

    he isn’t in there?

  35. jbvikes says: Mar 28, 2017 10:04 PM

    Way, way, WAY overdue!!

  36. gromit45 says: Mar 29, 2017 1:19 AM

    Wow! Didn’t know he wasn’t already in. Travesty.
    Get it done!!!

  37. The Phantom Stranger says: Mar 29, 2017 2:08 AM

    A little known fact – the Vikings have 3 players in the Top 10 in consecutive starts in the NFL – Marshall with 270, Mick Tinglehoff (HOF) with 240 and Alan Page (HOF) with 215.
    ______

    Don’t forget that other great Viking, Brett Favre. Oh sure, most people remember him primarily for his years with the Packers, but his fondest desire was always to play for the Vikings.

  38. asgrimsnorrison says: Mar 29, 2017 9:34 AM

    Among the things Jim Marshall went through while not missing a start:

    – On a snowmobile trip just after the season in Montana, got caught in a blizzard, went over an 800 foot angled cliff, some other member of his group died due to exposure. Trapped in snow drifts 10-15′ deep, he started a fire with a lighter and a wad of cash, and got it going well enough to melt a hollowed area in the snow where he and the others in his group stayed warm through the night.
    – Shot himself while cleaning a shotgun
    – Jumped out of a plane, chute didn’t open properly
    – twice walked out of hospitals to make it to a game on sunday, once from Pneumonia where he’d been in an iron lung, once from an ulcer.

  39. h0metownzero says: Mar 29, 2017 10:00 AM

    They should have a “special” HOF specifically for those players from Loserville. I think it belongs somewhere like Fargo.

  40. 13worldchampioinships says: Mar 29, 2017 10:24 AM

    Packers have won 2 superbowls since the end of the Vietnam war. No other fan base that has won two superbowls since the Vietnam war conveys that same level of arrogance.

  41. sphillips33 says: Mar 29, 2017 11:02 AM

    Vikings Fan here- Both Kramer and Marshall belong in the Hall.

  42. Frazier28/7 says: Mar 29, 2017 1:31 PM

    I’ve always appreciated how when they interview Marshall and he laughs when teammates came up to him after game and said: ‘Hey Jim, there’s a snow storm in Minnesota can you tell the pilot to go the wrong way?’

    The Iron Man belongs.

  43. knew8411 says: Mar 29, 2017 2:14 PM

    I don’t care if the TEAM has won a SuperBowl or not. The HOF is NOT so much team oriented, as it is individual accomplishment oriented.
    Marshall played in an era when the rules were not crafted, to protect players, like they are today.
    His record of 270 consecutive starts, by a man who played, in the trenches, will stand for a LONG, LONG time.
    Marshall’s induction into Canton, is long overdue.

  44. jturney2014 says: Mar 29, 2017 10:22 PM

    Marshall was never a First-team All-Pro. Three Pro Bowls in 20 seasons and you folks think he’s a Hall of Famer?

    According to Vikings Marshall had 127 sacks. He averaged 6.5 sacks per season. Is that Hall of Fame?

  45. pzebich says: Mar 30, 2017 8:41 AM

    About time the team gets behind this, many of us fans have been pushing the original Iron Man for years. He held the record for consecutive games until Favre broke it.

  46. pzebich says: Mar 30, 2017 8:44 AM

    13worldchampioinships says:
    Mar 29, 2017 10:24 AM
    Packers have won 2 superbowls since the end of the Vietnam war. No other fan base that has won two superbowls since the Vietnam war conveys that same level of arrogance. They only won 2 Super Bowls ever, the first two were exhibition games.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!