He played 19 seasons in Minnesota after leaving the Browns
A star for the Ohio State Buckeyes, Jim Marshall had a professional football career that spanned from 1959 all the way through 1979. For 19 of those seasons, he played for the Minnesota Vikings where he enjoyed a lot of team, and individual, success.
Marshall was named to two Pro Bowls and was also a three-time Second-Team All-Pro selection for the Vikings. He was also a member of their 1969 NFL Championship team. His success with the team led to his No. 70 being retired by the Vikings and he’s in the team’s Ring of Honor.
In addition to all that success, Marshall is known for one of the more laughable plays of all-time. Simply known as “the wrong way run,” Marshall infamously picked up a fumble in a game against the San Francisco 49ers but ran the wrong way with it. Marshall took off for 66-yards and then after crossing the goal line, he threw the ball away in celebration.
This ended up being a safety for the 49ers, awarding them two points. Marshall and his Vikings still won the game, but surely he heard about this one for a long time from his teammates.
One other interesting thing about Marshall is that he actually started his career in the CFL. In 1959, he joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders and played one season there. There was then an NFL-CFL transaction where Marshall was traded from the Canadian league to the NFL, where he joined the Browns.
Marshall lasted only one season in Cleveland before they traded him to the Vikings ahead of the 1961 season.