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Bobby Marshall


Robert Walls Marshall

Inducted 1971

Date of Birth



Milwaukee, WI


University of Minnesota (1904-1906)


Bobby Marshall played end for Minnesota 1904-06. The Gophers went 13-0, 10-1, 4-1 in those years. The total record was 27-2, and Minnesota out-scored its opponent 1238-63. In 1906, Marshall kicked a 60-yard field goal to beat Chicago 4-2 (field goals counted 4 points). Walter Camp named him to the All-America second-team in both 1905 and 1906. He was the first African American to play football in the Big Ten. He also played first base on the college baseball team, lettered in track, and was a star in hockey and boxing. He graduated in 1907 and played with Minneapolis pro teams, the Deans and the Marines. From 1920 through 1924 he played in the National Football League with Minneapolis, Duluth, and Rock Island. He retired from football at age 44 but came back six years later to participate in an exhibition game at Nicollet Park, Minneapolis. Marshall took a job as a grain inspector for the state of Minnesota; he retired in 1958. He was inducted posthumously into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1971.


Height 6'1"

Weight 175

Career Highlights

  • 1906 All-Conference
  • 1906 Second Team All-America
  • 1905 Second Team All-America
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