Name: Larry Marshall
Position: Return Specialist
How Acquired: Draft (No. 15 – 1972)
Career: 1972 – 1979
Birth Date: March 2, 1950
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Employer: Speedy’s Food & Liquor Mart
Larry Marshall entered the professional ranks in 1972, after a distinguished collegiate career at the University of Maryland. At Maryland, he starred as a defensive back and return specialist. He was selected as Maryland’s most valuable player his senior season.
With the Chiefs, Larry returned punts and kickoffs in 1972 and 1973. His 28.2 yard average kickoff return during the 1972 season still ranks as the third best in the history of the Chiefs and only .1 yard behind Dave Grayson’s average in the 1961 season. At the conclusion of his rookie year, Larry received the Mack Lee Hill Award. This award is presented annually to the rookie who best exemplifies the spirit of the late Mack lee Hill…a giant heart and competitive attitude.
In 1974, Larry played five games with the Minnesota Vikings and then finished the year with the Philadelphia Eagles. He remained with Philadelphia through the 1977 season. In 1977, he set Eagle records for most punt returns (46) and most return yardage (489). His 10.6 yard average led the NFC in punt returns. In 1978, he returned to the Chiefs for two games before finishing the season with the Los Angeles Rams. In 1979, he retired after playing in two games for the Rams.
Larry is owner of Speedy’s Food & Liquor Mart. He became a Chiefs Ambassador in 1991.