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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