Leonard Marshall Football

February 5, 2012 by staff 

Leonard Marshall Football, Leonard Allen Marshall Jr. (born October 22, 1961) is a former American football defensive lineman who played twelve seasons in the National Football League (NFL). Marshall played defensive end for the New York Giants for ten seasons, then played a season each as a defensive tackle for the New York Jets and Washington Redskins.

He was a starter on the Giants teams that won Super Bowl XXI and Super Bowl XXV. Marshall recently completed a book, When the Cheering Stops, with writer William Bendetson about the 1990 season and Super Bowl XXV.

Marshall was selected with the 37th overall selection (the fourth defensive lineman taken) in the 1983 NFL Draft. At the time Los Angeles Raiders managing general partner Al Davis described him as the steal of the draft. In his rookie season Marshall initially struggled with weight problems which drew the ire of the coaching staff.

After trimming down, Marshall made an impact and played strongly against the run but was unable to mount much of a pass rush and finished with a meager .5 sacks on the season. Marshall was the head coach of the Hudson Catholic High School football team in Jersey City in 2010. Marshall wrote a book about the Giants championship 1990 season, When the Cheering Stops, with sportswriter William Bendetson, which was released in 2010. He has previously been a resident of Mahwah, New Jersey.

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