Former UGA and NFL WR sentenced to 69 months in prison

Arthur Marshall, one of the all-time high school football greats from the Augusta area, was sentenced to 69 months in prison on Monday after pleading guilty to bank fraud charges. Marshall played wide receiver at UGA and later for five seasons in the NFL.

Marshall, 41, will report to prison on Aug. 30 for nearly six years and then be on five years of probation. As Monday’s sentence was handed down in U.S. District Court, Marshall “grew emotional …  as he apologized to those he harmed and he pledged to make amends,” according to The Augusta Chronicle.

“I didn’t intend for them to get hurt, but they did and that’s my fault,” Marshall told the judge, according to the newspaper. “I will do everything in my power to make this right. And I will.”

Marshall pleaded guilty to two counts of bank fraud last October after admitting he falsified information in order to obtain loans for real estate ventures. Marshall filed bankruptcy petition for his business, Custom Contractors, in August 2008, listing about $11 million in debts, according to newspaper.

The Chronicle wrote “the biggest losers in Marshall’s scheme were the banks that were left holding millions in mortgages, but other victims included a family who never got a property title from Marshall after paying him $100,000 for a home and members of the American Legion where Marshall’s father belonged.”

After a star-studded career at quarterback for Hephzibah High, Marshall was one of the headliners for UGA’s 1987 recruiting class, which also featured future NFLers Rodney Hampton, John Kasay and Ben Smith. His promising college football career was derailed by a serious leg injury, but Marshall recovered in time to be named All-SEC Honorable Mention as a senior.  He beat the odds to make it to the NFL as an undrafted rookie, playing a total of five years in the NFL for the Denver Broncos and New York Giants, following coach Dan Reeves, who also coached the Atlanta Falcons.

Here is video on Arthur Marshall from last year’s investigative series by Augusta NBC-TV reporter Dustin Blanchard …

On a personal note: While growing up in Augusta, I had the chance to watch Marshall play in high school. He ranks up there as one of the most dazzling athletes I’ve ever observed. His high school football team at Hephzibah wasn’t very good, but Marshall always put on a show at QB to make it worth the price of admission. It was like a “Who’s Who” among SEC and ACC head football coaches who made guest appearances to sit in the stands at his basketball games during the recruiting process. He was named Georgia’s Most Outstanding Athlete after starring in football, basketball, baseball and track at Hephzibah High. After reaching the NFL, Marshall started the Quest Foundation to benefit Augusta area children.

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    Former gym member

    June 15th, 2010
    3:37 am

    That’s a shame. I live in Augusta, and I am wondering if the gym he purchased with a few others (formerly Powerhouse gym) that my family and I had been going to for years (and is now a Dollar General store) has any part of sequence of events for Mr. Marshall… Gym members showed up one day to a locked door, with no notice and no luck as far as refunds.

    After the gym ownership had changed into his groups hands, you could tell there was a big difference in management and seemed to appear as they knew it wouldn’t last anyway after previously being a successful gym for many years prior. Kinda weird thinking back on it now… shaking his hand, seeing him often in the gym and come to find out he’s going to jail for 6 years…

    The webs we weave…

    Seemed like a nice guy and probably is for the most part, but I hope he does eventually make this whole thing right as he claims he will. Rarely ever happens though…

    UGA teammate '89

    June 15th, 2010
    4:08 am

    art was a great teammate, polished, well spoken and handsome like reggie bush. he was a great student and we all thought he was on his way to being president one day. haven’t talked to art in years … but you always hate to see anything bad happen to anyone.

    saw it first hand

    June 15th, 2010
    7:24 am

    Greed….. He had experience of the wealth of teammates in the NFL and he wanted it….bad.
    He was going to do it in business………Rather than take his time, build a business and wealth, he wanted it NOW……….He owes my company over 50,000 I’ll never see.


    June 15th, 2010
    8:44 am

    Funny how this is considered a top news story by the AJC, but a current Tech football player is arrested for asaulting his girlfriend a few days ago and the AJC does not mention it. Why must this rag constanly right negative stories about UGA. The only reason it is a story is because of his connection to the school and the football program.


    June 15th, 2010
    8:46 am

    Does the ajc have to always write a negative story involving UGA??


    June 15th, 2010
    8:56 am

    The man stole 11 MILLION DOLLARS I think it’s worthy of a story don’t you?Girlfriends get beat up everyday where have you been!

    Carolina Gator Lover

    June 15th, 2010
    8:59 am

    Are there positive stories?


    June 15th, 2010
    9:00 am

    Put him on the chain gang in 100 degree heat to make amends. He’s gonna have to make a lot of license plates to pay back his debts. If I was him I would consider killing myself.


    June 15th, 2010
    9:01 am

    what good uga stories are there to write about. ajc did write about tech’s d/e being suspended.


    June 15th, 2010
    9:03 am

    Well BG, when your on top some one always tries to knock you down.


    June 15th, 2010
    9:11 am

    You hate to hear that for anyone but I hate it worse for the family that may lose the land they have owned for generations. Marshall was a good football player and someone you were proud to call a ‘damn good Dawg’ but he is also an adult and he knew what he was doing was wrong. He knew right from wrong and he made thw wrong choice. I hate it for him but he has to pay his debt to society.

    It's me Glynn

    June 15th, 2010
    9:40 am

    sad,yet another…..


    June 15th, 2010
    9:55 am

    lol @ girlfriends get beat up everyday….

    Fast Eddie

    June 15th, 2010
    10:10 am

    Gary, I’m sure you know the difference between “right” and “write”.

    I agree with you though about the AJC being a rag. A couple of years ago a current player at MS State got into trouble with the law. He had originally enrolled at UF but was kicked off the team for some major indiscretion but the AJC headline of his arrest mentioned only that he was a former UF player. No mention of his current identity as an MSU player.


    June 15th, 2010
    10:16 am

    Oh come on rawdog,he’s gonna pay but don’t wish death on the man.


    June 15th, 2010
    10:18 am

    Yea rod that was super funny :-) ))))))

    the whole F'N' show

    June 15th, 2010
    10:30 am

    rawdog,dont you got better things to do,like go scoop up the poop you leaving behind…read this paper tommorrow and you will see someone else done worse.only cowards would suggest some like that..


    June 15th, 2010
    10:38 am

    Where he’s going there are some real bronco busters…yikes


    June 15th, 2010
    10:38 am

    The only thing UG is on top of, dx, is leading the league in secondary violations and highly ranked recruiting classes that end up 7-5 and play bowl games in Shreveport.


    June 15th, 2010
    10:39 am

    Gary -

    Here’s the link about the Tech football player:

    It was published last week in the AJC.

    Do you feel better now? Does it diminish any of the crimes that Marshall committed?

    I guess you probably bashed Madoff for stealing money but its different because this guy played for a school that you probably didn’t even attend…

    Stay Classy, Dawg Fans!


    June 15th, 2010
    10:42 am

    You see so many negative stories about UGA “student” athlete/thugs because they abound. Tech students/athletes DO sometimes get into trouble but not (seemingly) as often as UGA’s do. Maybe the AJC should print bad facts about UGA athletes in a separate section. Although I am a UGA grad (Master’s degree), I say this somewhat facetiously . Tech clearly DOES recruit a higher caliber person overall than UGA. It’s a RARE UGA athlete who could get admitted to Tech, much less last 4 years in the rigorous academic regimen required of ALL Tech students (no basketwewving courses at Tech); for you UGA athletes, that means Tech’s coursework is pretty much harder than UGA’s).

    Dawg H8er

    June 15th, 2010
    10:55 am

    For the crowd that thinks it ain’t right to rip Jawja, go to hell!!!!

    That “rag” (AJC), is just perfect when they devote more space to the DumbDawgs than Tech.

    I actually think Jawja gets a leg up on recruiting because that “unfair/unbalanced” paper gives them
    a lot of great press!!!

    DawgNation needs to get a life, get a clue, and get some morals!!!

    Morality should be expected of everyone, not just DEMOCRATS and TECHSTERS!!!

    Rod, the man did not steal 11 Million Dollars. The

    June 15th, 2010
    10:57 am

    majority of that debtis defiecencies from bank loans. The banks loaned the money based off appraisals they did. They took the risk as well. Not condoning what he did. He made mistakes, and desreves the chance to pay it back.

    The Dogfighter Returns

    June 15th, 2010
    11:34 am

    when r the guys from aig/goldman/lehman going to jail?

    the bank just wanted to give him a loan as long as he was breathing, they didn’t care about what was on his application until after the fact.

    If they did their simple due dilligence this would have never happened.


    June 15th, 2010
    2:01 pm

    Sarge1 – ever hear the name Reuben Houston of GT, UGA land never has had a importer of 45 kilos of Weed on the team that we know of


    June 15th, 2010
    2:39 pm

    What does this have to do with prep sports?


    June 15th, 2010
    3:19 pm

    DawgH8R: You’re kidding, right? Morality expected of Democrats? You mean the party who gives us senior senator and former klansman, Robert Byrd? The one with the leading congressman Barney Frank who actually did have sex with interns? The party who gave us a president who engages in sex with interns? The party who’s “conscience”, Ted Kennedy, was a senator who walked away from a car wreck and left a passenger to drown? Those are some great morals alright, and everyone of them are leaders in the Democrat party.

    Lowcountry Bulldawg

    June 15th, 2010
    3:29 pm

    I remember rushing back as a kid with my family to catch the opening game against LSU, circa ‘89-90? and Arthur broke his leg in the opening game. He was a player at UGA who truly got the most out of his talent. Alot more talented players have came and gone, but few made maximized there talent like #12.

    Its a pitiful day that now his legacy is squandered buy greed but it is nothing new.


    June 15th, 2010
    3:36 pm

    Doesn’t matter if he was a Dawg or Gator. He was wrong and needs to pay the price.

    Bucky Blue hand it to Herschel

    June 15th, 2010
    4:16 pm

    Doesnt matter if he was a Dawg or Gator, either way I’ll be bangin my baby later! LMAO Have fun in prison DAWG……….woof woof Go Dawgs Sic Em


    June 15th, 2010
    5:58 pm

    Hey Gary
    I’m glad you enjoyed your time going through school. But, even at the “University” of Georgia, it’s called WRITING.

    I’m late on my payment to Herschel’s momma…..I still hate that Kemp woman, bless her heart.
    Vince Doodley

    Can't handle the truth

    June 15th, 2010
    6:12 pm

    Every school has their share of trouble kids, but over the last 5 years UGA is leading the pack with the bad apples and it is not getting better. It starts with the coach and works it way down, until UGA has a real coach ( Like Nick) they will still have problems. CMR goes after troubled kids because he thinks he can turn them around. There is an old saying you can take the tiger out of the jungle but you can’t take the jungle out of the tiger. Definition of a coach is an individual involved in the direction, instruction and training of the operations of a sports team or of individual sportspeople. This is why UGA can not make it to the big game like Ala, LSU and FLa has coaching…………

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    vince dooley

    June 15th, 2010
    7:03 pm

    aurther, call hersal at fo fi fi-fo fi fo fi


    June 15th, 2010
    9:22 pm

    Excuse me Nerds, but the Piss colored jackets reported more secondary violations than UGA did. Also, reporters hang around Athens (mainly because of the high expectations) more than the High school practice field at nerdland waiting for a story top break. And to the idiot nerd who stated “Tech recruits a higher caliber student athlete than UGA”….Are you kidding me? look at the numbers of GPA’s and SAT scores. Tech student athletes are box of rocks!!!


    June 15th, 2010
    9:59 pm

    looks like he learned his criminal lessons very well at uga,, the tradition continues


    June 15th, 2010
    10:15 pm

    I went to UGA with Arthur and had a number of business classes with him. He was a bright guy and very kind to others. I am sorry to hear of these actions, but I am glad to hear that he admits his wrongs, doesn’t blame others and is willing to make amends. It doesn’t justify his actions, and this is one of those situations where no one is a winner. I hope the best for the victims, their families and the Marshalls.


    June 15th, 2010
    11:23 pm

    I have known Arthur for over 10 years, after his glory days as an NFL player and glad he knows me as a real friend and not a “fan”. He is a man with serious issues of status and self hate. He needs mental help, not a chain gang membership. No one need ever with suicide on anyone RawDog! Arthur has always wanted more than what everyone else his personal and professional life. I had to cut ties with him a few years back after realizing he was headed to a dark place. I pray he stays safe in and out of prison. I regret the courts gave him time to possibly bring harm to himself…you see, this man vowed to never ever let another man control his actions. He is a narcicist of the worst kind and in his mind…unstopable. Please pray he is able to get the help and guidance he needs. Serving time behind bars is not gonna pay back his victims, yet, it is just punishment for a man who has a God complex.


    June 16th, 2010
    12:41 am

    Wow. You all disgust me. Here is a man who has done wrong, is being punished, and seems genuinely remorseful, yet you use the opportunity to pour hate and bile on him because of the jersey he wore in college.

    Really? Are you so petty, and your life so empty, you have to denigrate others in a pathetic attempt to elevate yourself?

    GROW UP.


    June 16th, 2010
    10:02 am

    69 months for simple bank fraud? The minorities get hosed big time by the corrupt legal system, while millionaire / billionaire bankers get no punishment for huge frauds every day. Another example of the legal system keeping African-Americans down.


    June 17th, 2010
    7:22 pm

    Reporters are afraid to cover GT because of the risk of getting robbed at knife-point. They just use the press releases issued by the GT AD. And stuff that gets you arrested in Athens doesn’t even warrant a second glance in the A….T…..L, baby.