Marshall Faulk, Best Offensive Player of Any Year. Marshall William Faulk (born February 26, 1973) played football in college for San Diego State University, before being drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 1994. After five solid years playing for the Colts, Marshall was traded to the Los Angeles Rams following the 1998 season due to what had been described as "contractual misunderstandings." Apparently, Colts president Bill Polian didn't want to show Faulk the money. But, the Colts' loss was the Ram's gain.
In his first year in St. Louis, Faulk put up some of the best all-purpose numbers in the history of the NFL. He totaled an NFL record 2,429 yards from scrimmage, eclipsing Barry Sanders's record of 2,358 yards set in 1997. With 1,381 yards rushing (5.5 yards-per-carry average), 1,048 receiving yards, and scoring 12 touchdowns, Faulk joined Roger Craig as the only men to total 1,000+ yards in each category in a season. The Rams eventually went on to win Super Bowl XXXIV. Though limited to just 17 rushing yards by the Titans, he recorded 5 receptions for 90 yards which was the second highest total by a running back in Super Bowl history. At the end of the season, he received the NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award, was the leading rusher in NFL, with 1,389 yards and started for the NFC squad in the 1999 Pro Bowl. Faulk repeated as Player of the Year in 2000 and 2001.
Among his many other achievements are the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award (1994), NFL MVP (2000), First-Team All-Pro selections (1999, '00, '01), seven Pro Bowl selections along with his Super Bowl ring for Super Bowl XXXIV.
He missed the entire 2006 season due to knee injuries and on March 26, 2007, Faulk announced his retirement from football. The Los Angeles Rams retired his #28 jersey on December 20, 2007.
Marshall is one of the few players to reach at least 10,000 rushing yards and 5,000 receiving yards in his career. Following are his stats for his three most productive years.¹
Marshall Faulk's AP Offensive Player of the Year Stats Rushing Receiving Season Tm G Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD 1999 RAMS 16 253 1381 5.5 58 7 87 1048 12.0 57T 5 2000 RAMS 14 253 1359 5.4 36 18 81 830 10.2 72T 8 2001 RAMS 14 260 1382 5.3 71T 12 83 765 9.2 65T 9
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