Marcus Sherels

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Marcus Sherels
Sherels in a 2013 game against the Washington Redskins
No. 35 Minnesota Vikings
Position: Cornerback / Return specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-09-30) September 30, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth: Rochester, Minnesota
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school: Rochester (MN) John Marshall
College: Minnesota
Undrafted: 2010
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Tackles: 90
Sacks: 1.0
INTs: 1
Punt Return Yards: 1,196
Touchdowns: 2
Stats at

Marcus John Sherels (born September 30, 1987) is an American football cornerback and return specialist for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. Sherels attended John Marshall High School in Rochester, Minnesota and went on to play for the Minnesota Golden Gophers, earning a scholarship after initially joining the football program as a walk-on.[1]

Professional career[edit]

2010 Minnesota's Pro Day[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 9 in 175 lb 4.37 s 1.41 s 2.52 s 4.07 s 6.97 s 40 in 10 ft 1 in 12 reps
All values from NFL Combine.[2]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Signed as an undrafted free agent in the 2010 preseason, Sherels was waived by the Vikings on September 4, 2010 and signed to the practice squad on September 6. On September 28 Sherels was released to make room on the practice squad for tight end John Nalbone. As of October 13, Sherels was re-signed to the Vikings practice squad and Nalbone released. This move, along with the signing of Frank Walker to the active squad, was made due to the season-ending injury sustained by cornerback Cedric Griffin who was placed on injured reserve the same day. On January 1, 2011, Sherels was elevated to the active 53-man squad after safety Madieu Williams was placed on injured reserve.[3]

On September 30, 2012 (Sherels' 25th birthday), in an away game at the Detroit Lions, Sherels recorded his first career touchdown on a 77-yard punt return.[4] Sherels gave the Vikings a 14-point lead in a 20-13 win.

In the 2013 Preseason, in a game against the Tennessee Titans, Sherels recorded a 109-yard kickoff return score and an interception of Titans' QB Rusty Smith.

For the 2013 season Sherels leads the NFC with a 13.6 yard average on Punt returns and leads the league in fair catches with 26. On December 8 Sherels got his first career interception on Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. On March 7, 2014, the Vikings resigned Sherels for 2 years.

Minnesota Vikings franchise records[edit]

  • Longest punt return for a touchdown by a Viking: 86 yards (2013)
  • Vikings Single-Season Punt Return Average: 15.2 (2013)
  • Most punt return yards in a game: 119,(October 21, 2013)
  • Most punt return touchdowns in a career: 2 tied with David Palmer (1994–2000), Mewelde Moore (2004–2007)

Personal life[edit]

Sherels was a former Gopher teammate with New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker. Sherels is the younger brother of Minnesota Golden Gophers linebacker and linebackers coach Mike Sherels.


  1. ^ Mizutani, Dane. "Marcus Sherels goes from maroon to purple". The Minnesota Daily, October 18, 2011. Retrieved on May 23, 2013.
  2. ^ "Adrian Peterson-Oklahoma RB-2007 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". Retrieved November 28, 2008. 
  3. ^ Seifert, Kevin. "NFC North Friday injury report"., December 31, 2010. Retrieved on May 23, 2013.
  4. ^ Powers, Tom. "Marcus Sherels makes Vikings' win something special". St. Paul Pioneer Press, September 30, 2012. Retrieved on May 23, 2013.