Blake Marshall - Fullback - 1987-93 - Western
Blake Marshall succeeded his older brother Greg as a star running back with the Western Mustangs. Blake followed the steps of his brother again with the Hec Creighton Award – Greg won the Award in 1984 and was a Edmonton Eskimo draft pick. Blake would capture the 1986 Hec Creighton Award and also join the Edmonton Eskimos as the #5 overall pick in the 1987 amateur draft.
Where injuries had brought a premature end to Greg’s pro career Blake would enjoy 8 productive seasons as a powerful fullback for the Eskimos. He grew into the role of blocking back with Edmonton, he established himself as the goalline back by the end of his second year with 5 rushing touchdowns. He add 11 touchdowns in 1989 on just 65 carries and proved to have good hands with 3 receiving touchdowns.
1991 was a tremendous season for Blake he had 615 rushing yards and totaled an amazing 16 touchdowns on the ground. Throw in 619 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns receiving and you have one of the finest seasons ever by a running back in the CFL. Blake was rightfully named the league's Most Outstanding Canadian.
He continued his prowess with 7 touchdowns in 1992 including a career high 50 yard romp. injuries began to slow Marshall and as he mentored another Canadian talent in Michael Soles he ceded carries to the McGill product. 1993 would be his final season in the CFL as injuries again limited his play. He retired after 7 terrific season all as an Edmonton Eskimo. He left the backfield in good hands to his protege Michael Soles.
A terrific athlete and a role model for Canadian football players Marshall fulfilled the promise of his big brother and did it all with the E E on his helmet.
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