1:00 PM - 1:30 PM ETMarshall Faulk
On Saturday, Aug. 6, Marshall Faulk will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. But he stopped here along the way. Faulk stopped by to answer your questions during a live chat on Monday, Aug. 1.
NFL.com,Welcome to Hall of Fame Week! Marshall Faulk, one of seven members of the Class of 2011, has been kind enough to join us today. Be sure to check out NFL Network's special, "Marshall Faulk: Rush to Canton" on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET., and don't miss the Network's live coverage of Saturday's enshrinement ceremony.
And here's Marshall...
Aaron , Dublin
1:00 PM ETWhich achievement in your career are you most proud of ! ??
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkHi Aaron, the Super Bowl obviously. It's the hardest to attain, takes total team commitment and is the one that escapes most guys that player this game.
Joe, Lyons, NY
1:01 PM ETFirst off, Congratulations on the hall of fame, you certainly deserve it. My question is; Of all the running backs you have ever played with/against, or just watched, who is YOUR personal favorite and why?
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkThanks, Joe. The guy I enjoyed watching the most was Barry Sanders, because he did the most with the least talent aorund him. In sports, I'd say Michael Jordan in basketball, Tiger woods in golf and Barry Sanders in football were the guys who most kept me on the edge of my seat.
Kyle Derry, Kelowna Canada
1:02 PM ETwhy did you choose the number 28? and any chance of a comeback?
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkNo chance of a comeback, Kyle. and I did not choose the number 28 when I got to San Diego State. I wore 33 in high school and that number was taken.
corey , st.louis MO,
1:04 PM EThey marshall first id just like to say congraduations on getting into the hall of fame on a brilliant career. but my question is whats it like to see the rams your former team doing so well now days and do you think they will stay in st.louis
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkThanks, Corey. I have no idea what the plans are for the Rams and their location. I did enjoy watching Sam Bradford mature and Steven Jackson have a fgood year last year. What stood out the most was that they decided to build and provide an offensive line. I'm also excited that they are making better decisions on the product they put on the field. I like tghe moves they have made thus far in free agency.
Ryan Portwood, Poway, CA
1:06 PM ETMarshall, you are one of the best ever and I loved watching you play. It must have been very hard to stop someone as good as you. My question is who delivered the hardest hit to you?
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkThanks, Ryan. I don't remember stuff like that.
1:06 PM ETwhat does it feel like going into the hall of fame?
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkMike, I have no idea. I'll find out on Saturday and what my feelings are. Right now it's just an accomplishment, but I'm sure when Saturday arrives it will be way more than that.
1:07 PM ETWhat was your exact feeling when Kevin Dyson was reaching for the end zone at the end of the Super Bowl? Did you have a very good view?
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkI was at the opposite end of the field. I didn't care as much what had happened as I was thinking abiout what we would do if the game went into overtime.
Once we realized he didn't make the end zone, we were so psyched. To realize you did what you set out to do.
Jerin , Texas
1:09 PM ETWho was your favorite teammate?
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkJerin, probably the guy I enjoyed being around the most was Torry Holt. He'll be there in Canton this weekend, along with many of my former teammates.
1:10 PM ETDo you think your old teammate, Kurt Warner, will make the Hall of Fame?
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkThere's no doubt that he will. A lot of people get caught up with whether it will be first-ballot or not. But I just know that the player he was, there's no doubt to me he will get in.
Joseph Knight , Panama City,FL
1:11 PM ETWhat do you feel was your toughest obstacle when pursuing your career in NFL
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkHi Joseph. Tough question. I'll say just staying healthy. the position I played you touched the ball a lot. Without a doubt the toughest thing for any kid coming out of college and making it into the pros, staying healthy is the toughest thing.
1:13 PM ETMarshall, How do you feel about going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame with your friend and co-worker Deion Sanders?
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkCassius, I am extremely honored to go in with a colleague like Deion Sanders. I've always thought Deion was a pioneer at his position -- what he did and how he did it. But I can tell you that more went into Deion being Deion that you could ever imagine. Working with him I now know why he was the great player he was, and so coveted as a guy who could help your team win immediately.
derek downey, san diego
1:16 PM ETdo you or have you gone back to san diego state to watch games or just to visit?
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkDerek, I'm there all the tiem. All the time.
1:16 PM ETHi Marshall, big Rams fan from Croatia. I congratulate you on HOF enshrinement and wish you all the best. Do you see Steven Jackson enter the hall when he's done with the game and would you present him if he would call you?
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkThanks, Dragan. It's almost impossible to know who will get in after what they do. But if I got that call, that would definitely be an honor and I would definitely be there to assist in presenting Steven.
Jamie R, D.C.
1:19 PM ETIs there someone in life who inspired you at a young age??
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkJamie, it was my parents. I wasn't around pro athletes or anything like that.
Josh C, Newark, NJ
1:20 PM ETWho was the best player that you played with during your career?
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkLet me think about that a second...
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkI'd have to say Orlando Pace. What he was able to do at his position for so many year is unparalleled. It's hard to gauge the success of an offensive lineman. But with Orlando, look at what I did, what Kurt did, and the entire offense. It was obvious he was a force at his position.
Wordsmith , Baltimore, MD
1:22 PM ETDo you feel like your decision to sign with San Diego State out of High School so you could play running back was the defining moment in setting up your Hall of Fame career?
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkWordsmith, it had a lot to do with it, because at that point in time, other universities wanted me to play defensive back. I always thought running back was the position best suited for me, so that decision led to this.
Mark Eckblad, Madison WI
1:24 PM ETMarshall, you were a warrior who underwent many surgeries and rehabs to stay on the field. How is your health today?
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkMark, I'm pretty darn good, I have no idea how I played with any and everything, and was sometimes able to return to action sooner that expected. Right now, I'm good. I had a knee reconstruction two years ago. and other than that, no real issues.
Thank god, it hasn't affected my golf game!
1:26 PM ETMarsh, you had an AMAZING career and i'm happy to see you enter the hall of fame. Now i was wondering, who do you think wins the NFC west? You think your Rams have it this year?
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkThanks Kobi. I believe most divisions, and this one is no different, comes down to the best QB. Looking at Sam Bradford, I give the edge to the Rams. Sam has continuity now with the guys he's playing with, and with every other team in the NFC West scrambling to find a quarterback, I see no reason to believe the Rams will not take the division.
Isaac Kalumbu, Dallas Texas
1:27 PM ETWhat is the most memorable play or moment in your NFL career?
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkIsaac, that's easy: The Isaac Bruce touchdown that put us ahead in Super Bowl XXXIV.
Lamin Mansaray, Washington DC
1:28 PM ETCongrats on the Hall......You were known around the league as a player with a tremendous football IQ, do you ever see yourself going into coaching? Im sure my beloved rams would love to have you!!
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkThanks, Lamion. I have no desire to coach. But thanks for asking.
1:29 PM ETWhat's your secret to your greatness?
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkNo secret, Greg. Hard work and dedication.
James Morris, SLC, UT
1:30 PM ETYou won a Super Bowl with Kurt Warner. Would you say Warner or Peyton Manning was the best QB you played with???
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkJames, it was Kurt without a doubt, as far as guys I played with.
1:30 PM ETIf you would have gone pro in any other sport, what would it be
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkJames, it would have been baseball -- I was drafted by the Anaheim Angels (California Angels at the time). I just didn't enjoy playing baseball as much as football.
junaid mahmud, mahmud
1:31 PM ETcongrats on being in hall of fame and did you ever know that your were going to be in it?
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkYou never know. You never give it thought. I don't think you can look at the Hall of Fame as something to set as a goal.
Sgt Johnson, Baghdad, Iraq
1:33 PM ETGreetings from Iraq Marshall! We love the expectations you set for the Running Backs. I believe Ladainian Tomlinson and Adrian Peterson learned a lot from hall of famers like yourself. My questions is, what are your thoughts on Ryan Matthews? Do you see him as a pro bowler?
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkThanks, Sgt. Johnson, and be safe... I believe Ryan has what it takes to play at a high level. With the team around him there's no doubt he can be successful. I know Ryan and I know he does all the things necessary, so I hope his health is better and he can contribute the way we saw him contribute in college.
1:35 PM ETOther than the Super Bowl, what was your best moment in your career?
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkMatt, other than the Super Bowl -- and obviously the Hall of Fame -- I'd say it was being the second player ever to get 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same season. It takes more than talent, but endurance to produce those kinds of numbers.
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkDo you know the first player to do that, by the way? I'm told you can find that answer here on NFL.com.
1:37 PM ETMy Rams are looking at a few different RB's to help spell Steven Jackson. To the likes of Ronnie Brown (MIA) and Jason Snelling (ATL) Who do you think would be a good fit? Or should they try and get a certain Hall of Fame RB out of retirement?
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkBrandon, when you look at what Steven Jackson brings to the table, the idea of a change of pace back is more my idea of what they should look for. The guys you mention are similar styles of Steven, so I don't see those guys being that back.
1:39 PM ETWho was your favorite player growing up?
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkI didn't have a favorite player growing up. I enjoyed watching football and would watch anyone play. I was and still am a huge Saints fan.
1:40 PM ETWhat offensive line in the game today would you love to run behind now? and what defense would you not want to face?
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkDavid, I still feel that what Dick LeBeau does and what he can do week-to-week makes playing the Steelers defense a challenge to any offensive player. The OL I look at as one that gets the most for their running backs would be the Tennessee Titans.
Mark Eckblad, Madison WI
1:43 PM ETMarshall, do you prefer "old-fashioned" football in the mud and snow, or do you like sheltered stadiums where the weather can't affect the outcome?
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkMark, I played the game indoors so I'm a huge fan of indoor football -- especially in places where the climate is conducive to slowing down the game and hindering your success.
Marshall Faulk, NFL NetworkThat's it, folks. Thanks so much for participating today and letting me share my insights. I hope you enjoy this season ... and make sure to stay tuned to NFL Network!
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