Bobby Marshall was one of Minnesota's first great athletes. The Minneapolis Central High School grad went on to become the first man of color to play in the Big Nine (later the Big Ten) as an end for the football Gophers. From 1904-06, he led the team to an amazing record of 27-2, as they outscored their opponents 1,238-63. In 1906, he even kicked a game-winning 60-yard field goal in the rain and mud to beat the University of Chicago, 4-2 (field goals counted for four points back then). He received All-Western honors for all three of his years in Minnesota. In addition to football, he earned all-conference honors as a first baseman on the U of M baseball team and also lettered in track as a sprinter. As a professional, he was a star in football, baseball, boxing and even hockey, where, in 1908, he became the first African American to play professionally, when he suited up for the semi-pro Minneapolis Wanderers and later with the Hillsdale Hockey Club in Pennsylvania. In baseball, he played for the Colored Gophers and the Chicago Leland Giants professional Negro-League teams; and on the gridiron he played professionally with the Minneapolis Deans, Minneapolis Marines, Duluth Eskimos and Rock Island Independents - all of the early NFL. In 1971, Marshall was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, and several years later he was named to the National Football Foundation's Hall of Fame.
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