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Former pro football player guest of veterans

Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 5:10 am

Aaron Marsh

Aaron Marsh

Aaron Marsh, former college All-American and pro football player, will be the guest at the next meeting of the Vietnam Era Veterans/All American Veterans set for Thursday, Feb. 13, at 6 p m.

The meeting will be held at Mike’s All American Diner, located by the Shelbyville Walmart. For more information about the meeting and to RSVP, please call Tom Taylor 931-684-2557.

A tailback his first two years for Coach Roy Kidd at Eastern Kentucky University, Aaron Marsh switched to wide receiver for his final two collegiate seasons and rode that transition into the professional ranks.

Marsh, one of the first African American student-athletes at Eastern Kentucky University, was a two-time All-Ohio Valley Conference selection (1966 and 1967) and selected to the All-Time OVC team. A First Team All-American as a senior, Marsh was invited to play in an All-Star game following the 1967 season.

Marsh was a third-round selection of the American Football League’s Boston Patriots. He earned 1968 Rookie of the Year honors after making 19 catches for 331 yards and four touchdowns. Marsh also played for the Patriots in 1968. He averaged 22.7 yards per kick return that season, while also recording eight catches.

Following his playing career, Marsh started and organized a little league for inner-city children in Compton, Calif., in the early 70s. For the past 20 years, Marsh has worked with at-risk kids and served as a mentor with Big Brothers.

Marsh was inducted into the Eastern Kentucky Hall of Fame in 2006.