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Doug Marsh

If you were a receiver on one of Bo Schembechler’s run-oriented University of Michigan football teams, you had to make the most of your opportunities. “I knew when I was a sophomore and again when I was a junior that I’d better catch the ball,” tight end Doug Marsh said during his senior year with the Wolverines, “because if I didn’t, he wasn’t going to throw to me anymore!” Marsh’s philosophy served him well. In three seasons with the Wolverines (1977-79), the East High product hauled in 57 passes for 947 yards, a 16.6-yard average, and scored 10 touchdowns. As a senior, Marsh grabbed 33 passes for 612 yards (18.5 average) and scored three TDs in earning All-Big Ten Conference honors. Moreover, Marsh helped Michigan to three Big Ten championships. He played in two Rose Bowl games and one Gator Bowl game. But he was fare from through, Marsh was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the second round of the 1980 NFL draft. Marsh was a 7-year starter for the Cardinals and posted career totals of 166 receptions for 2,129 yards (12.8 average) and scored 19 touchdowns. His best season was 1984 when he grabbed 39 passes for 608 yards and five scores. He registered a career-high eight touchdowns in 1983. This is the second year in a row that Marsh enters a hall of fame. In 1993, he was enshrined at East High, where he earned first-team All-Ohio honors in 1975.

Inducted 1994 | Football