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The guy who ate Jim Kelly: Wilber Marshall to be added to Ring of Honor

GAINESVILLE -- Wilber Marshall, considered the greatest defender in the history of Florida football, will be added to the Gators' Ring of Honor prior to Florida's home game against Auburn on Sept. 29.

The Ring of Honor, located above the north endzone inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, was started in 2006 to display the names of former Gator greats. The inaugural class included Emmitt Smith, Danny Wuerffel, Jack Youngblood and Steve Spurrier.

Marshall was a two-time All-American (1982-83) who many believe to be the greatest outside linebacker in the history of football. His most memorable game as a Gator came against Southern California in 1982. On the heels of a win against Miami (Marshall recorded 17 tackles and three sacks against the 'Canes and Jim Kelly), Marshall had 14 tackles and four sacks against the Trojans. (USC's quarterback at the time was Sean Salisbury.)

Marshall had 343 tackles as a Gator and 23 sacks and was drafted (1994) in the first round by the Chicago Bears. A three-time All-Pro selection, Marshall won two Super Bowls (Bears 1985, 'Skins 1991) and finished his career pro career with 45 sacks and 23 interceptions. Now a native of Titusville, Marshall is the only player in the history of the NFL to record 20 sacks and 20 interceptions.

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