Marshall Faulk will be inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 6. The multi-purpose running back gained over 12,000 rushing yards in his 12-year career. Faulk became a star at San Diego State, where he rushed for 1,429 yards and 21 touchdowns his freshman year, including a 386-yard, seven-touchdown performance against Pacific in just his second game.
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Over the next two seasons, Faulk emerged as the nation's top running back. After his junior season, he decided to enter the NFL Draft, leaving behind an impressive legacy at San Diego State. In all, he set or tied 19 collegiate records. He ran for over 200 yards on seven occasions (including two 300-yard games) and accumulated a career total of 4,589 yards (fourth best in NCAA history among three-year players) with 62 touchdowns (second all-time in NCAA history).
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Faulk was drafted No. 2 overall in the 1994 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts, who were in desperate need of a running game. He rushed for 1,282 yards and 11 touchdowns his rookie season, winning Offensive Rookie of the Year.
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By his fourth season, Faulk was widely considered one of the NFL's top three running backs. In 1998, he rushed for 1,319 yards and caught 86 passes for 906 yards for an NFL-leading 2,227 all-purpose yards, the sixth-highest in league history. Unfortunately, the Colts finished the season a dismal 3-13.
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Two days before the 1999 draft, Faulk was traded to the Rams for a 2nd and 5th round draft pick. In August, he signed a seven-year contract worth $45.15 million.
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Teamed with head coach Dick Vermeil and offensive coordinator Mike Martz, Faulk made an immediate impact in St. Louis and was a catalyst for "The Greatest Show on Turf." He gained an NFL-record 2,249 yards from scrimmage in leading the Rams to a 13-3 record.
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Though he only gained 17 yards on the ground, Faulk caught five passes for 90 yards as the Rams beat the Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV.
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Faulk had another strong season in 2000, gaining 1,359 rushing yards and 26 total touchdowns, but the Rams failed to return to the Super Bowl.
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In 2001, Faulk led the Rams back to the championship, where they lost to the Patriots. In this photo, Faulk holds up the George S. Halas Trophy after the Rams beat the Eagles in the NFC Championship game.
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Rams owner Georgia Frontiere congratulates Faulk after the Rams defeated the Eagles to advance to Super Bowl XXXVI.
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St. Louis Rams Pro Bowl players (from left) Orlando Pace, Isaac Bruce, Aeneas Williams, Marshall Faulk, Adam Timmerman and Kurt Warner pose during media day before Super Bowl XXXVI.
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By 2004, Faulk's numbers were on the decline and he started splitting time with rookie Steven Jackson. In 14 games he rushed for just 774 yards, his lowest output since 1996.
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The 2005 season marked Faulk's final season in the NFL. Though he played in all 16 games, he only started one and had just 65 rushes the entire season. He was forced to miss the entire 2006 season due to reconstructive knee surgery.
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With football out of the way, Faulk had more time to focus on golf, including the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in Indian Wells, Calif.
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In 2007, the Rams retired Faulk's number during halftime of a St. Louis-Pittsburgh game.
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The retired Faulk also enjoyed the perks of being an ex-NFL star, including his participation in NBC's Deal or No Deal, along with Jerry Rice, Marcus Allen, Eric Dickerson, Kordell Stewart, Wayne Chrebet, Rod Woodson and Terrell Davis.
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Faulk celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the EA Sports 2009 Madden NFL 10 Pigskin Pro-Am flag football game in Malibu, Calif.
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On Aug. 6, Faulk (far left) will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame along with Shannon Sharpe (center) and Deion Sanders. Also being inducted are Richard Dent, Chris Hanburger, Les Richter and Ed Sabol.
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