Arthur Marshall (American football)
UGA's wide receiver Marshall (jersey #12) is running his route against the Kentucky Wildcats, Oct. 1991
|No. 86, 83, 12|
|Date of birth:||April 29, 1969|
|Place of birth:||Fort Gordon, Georgia|
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||186 lb (84 kg)|
|Career NFL statistics as of 1996|
Arthur James Marshall Jr. (born April 29, 1969) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League. He was signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 1992. He played college football at Georgia.
Marshall also played for the New York Giants.
Marshall was a stretch-the-field type of wide receiver for head coach Ray Goff and the University of Georgia from 1988–91. The 5-11, 175-pound speedster hauled in 39 receptions for 524 yards during his senior season in 1991 as the Bulldogs completed a 9-3 season ranked No. 19 by the AP College Football Poll.
Additionally, Marshall returned kickoffs for Georgia as he had totalled 15 such returns for 347 yards averaging 23.1 per return during 1991.
Marshall was picked up by the Denver Broncos after going undrafted in the 1992 NFL Draft. As a rookie, Marshall had solid numbers for a No. 2 wide receiver with 26 catches for 493 yards and a touchdown. Denver finished the 1992 season at 8–8 while Marshall also handled the return duties for the Broncos. He totalled 33 punt returns for 349 yards while averaging 10.6 yards per return. Marshall's longest punt return was 47 yards that year while he also covered some kickoff returns—eight for 132 yards and a 16.5 yard average.
In a game against the Dallas Cowboys, Marshall completed an 81-yard touchdown pass to Broncos' teammate Cedric Tillman. This tied a record held by Gary Hammond for the longest pass completion by a non-quarterback in NFL history. The record has since been equaled by Pittsburgh Steelers punter Josh Miller in 2003.
In 1993, Marshall's Denver Broncos finished third in the AFC West Division at 9–7. He remained as one of quarterback John Elway's top receivers by hauling in 28 receptions for 360 yards and two scores. Their season came to an end following an AFC Wild Card matchup that pitted them against the Los Angeles Raiders on January 9, 1994. The Raiders won the contest, 42–24.
Soon, Marshall joined his former Georgia Bulldogs teammate Rodney Hampton as he was picked up by Hampton's New York Giants in a trade made by Denver on April 26, 1994 for a seventh-round draft choice in return. Marshall's new team finished at 9-7 in '94 as he had 16 catches for 219 yards while playing in all 16 games. Also, Marshall resumed his kick return duties as he had 15 kickoff returns for 249 yards (16.6 average) that included a longest return of 30 yards.
His last two seasons in the NFL were spent with the same franchise as the New York Giants struggled going 5-11 and 6-10 in 1995 and 1996 respectively. Marshall totalled 17 catches for 195 yards and a touchdown in 1995. In 1996, Marshall was used as the team's punt returner as he recorded 13 returns for 144 yards (11.1 average) and a longest return of 36 yards.
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