Vikings legendary DE Jim Marshall will be honored by the Vikings at today’s home opener. Marshall will serve as the team’s honorary captain and he’ll sound the Gjallarhorn just before kickoff.
Last week in Detroit, Vikings QB Brett Favre started his 271st consecutive, breaking the NFL record for consecutive starts that was set by Marshall. Following practice on Friday, Marshall and Favre met at the team’s practice facility. Marshall was also greeted by the entire Vikings defensive line and DL coach Karl Dunbar.
Marshall still holds the NFL record for consecutive games played at 282. A starter in 4 Super Bowls for the Vikings, Marshall teamed with fellow linemen Carl Eller, Gary Larsen and Alan Page to from the vaunted Purple People Eaters, one of the NFL’s top defensive units in that era. Marshall led or tied for the team lead in sacks in each of the Vikings first 6 seasons. He also ranks 9th in team history with 988 tackles 2nd with 127.0 sacks.
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