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Thursday September 4, 2008Gator Legend Marshall Set For On-Campus Salute

Gainesville, FL

Former University of Florida linebacker Wilber Marshall (1980-83) will be honored with an On-Campus Salute on Saturday night, as the Gators host Miami in The Swamp. The salute will occur during the first timeout of the second quarter.


Throughout the football season, each Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) Hall of Fame inductee returns to his school for the special on-field event, where a commemorative plaque is presented to the university for permanent display. Beginning with the Foundationís inaugural Hall of Fame class in 1951, the On-Campus Salute has served as the first of numerous highlights in the Hall of Fame experience, giving each inductee one more chance to take the field.


Twice a consensus first-team All-America pick, Marshall broke the Gatorsí single-season records for sacks (11) and tackles for loss (16) as a sophomore. By careerís end, he finished with a then school-record 23 sacks and remains UF's record holder in career tackles for loss (58). The Titusville, Fla., native was only the third player in school history to be named a three-time first-team All-SEC pick, and The Gainesville Sun named him Defensive Player of the Century in 1999. One of only five players in Florida's Ring of Honor, Marshall assists with National Kidney Foundation and Organ Donor Awareness. He lives in Sterling, Va.


Florida players previously inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame include Emmitt Smith (2006), Steve Spurrier (1986), Dale Van Sickel (1975) and Jack Youngblood (1992).


The 2008 Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted at the NFF's Annual Awards Dinner, held at New York City's historic Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Tuesday, Dec. 9. The National Hall of Fame Salute at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl follows on Jan. 5, giving the class recognition on a national stage, and events culminate with the College Football Hall of Fame's Enshrinement Festival in South Bend, Ind., July 17-18.


The 2008 class also includes Troy Aikman (UCLA), Billy Cannon (LSU), Jim Dombrowski (Virginia), Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern), Rueben Mayes (Washington State), Randall McDaniel (Arizona State), Don McPherson (Syracuse), Jay Novacek (Wyoming), Dave Parks (Texas Tech), Ron Simmons (Florida State), Thurman Thomas (Oklahoma State), Arnold Tucker (Army), Coach John Cooper (Tulsa, Arizona State, Ohio State) and Coach Lou Holtz (William & Mary, NC State, Arkansas, Minnesota, Notre Dame, South Carolina).





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