- Height: 5'10"
- Weight: 208 lbs
- Date of Birth: February 26, 1973
- Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
- College: San Diego State University
- Mascot: Aztec Warrior
- Position: Running Back
- Draft: 1st round, 2nd overall, Indianapolis Colts, 1994
Marshall Faulk was born on February 26, 1973 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Before playing in the NFL, Faulk first enjoyed a fantastic career at San Diego State University (SDSU). He left SDSU holding many of the school’s all-time offensive records, not to mention second on the NCAA’s all-time list of career touchdowns (62).
A versatile running back, Faulk not only ran the football well, he was also an excellent receiver; this made it difficult for opposing teams to stop him. Faulk was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts with the second overall pick of the 1994 NFL Draft. He made an immediate impact with the Colts by rushing for 1,282 yards and 11 touchdowns, and catching 52 passes for 522 yards and another score. After another 1,000 yard rushing performance in 1995, Faulk struggled in 1996 with only 587 yards rushing. However, he turned things back around the following season with over 1,500 yards of total offense. In 1998, his last year as a Colt, he began the first of what would be an NFL-record four consecutive seasons with 2,000-plus total offensive yards.
Faulk was traded to the St. Louis Rams after the 1998 season and he picked up right where he had left off with the Colts: 1,381 yards rushing and 1,048 yards receiving. That season he was named Offensive Player of the Year and helped the Rams win the Super Bowl. Faulk was named NFL MVP in 2000 with over 2,000 yards of total offense and 26 total touchdowns (an NFL record for the time). He continued to churn out the yards over the next four seasons, but following a disappointing 2005 season his career came to an end due to reconstructive knee surgery. Faulk, a seven-time Pro Bowler, ended his career with 12,279 career rushing yards (ninth all-time), 100 career rushing touchdowns (seventh all-time), 6,875 receiving yards, 36 receiving touchdowns, and 19,154 total yards from scrimmage (fourth all-time).
Career Highlights, Awards, and Accolades:
- Super Bowl Champion 1998
- NFL Most Valuable Player, 2000