NFL Hall of Fame RB Marshall Faulk is changing leagues. The USFL announced this morning that the re-start league has named Marshall Faulk to the league’s Board of Advisors. He joins former NFL players, Fred Biletnikoff and Jeff Garcia in an administrative position with the USFL. The league is hoping to field eight teams in March 2013 which will play an expected 14 game schedule.
According to the official press release of the USFL, league president Jamie Cuadra stated he was pleased with the addition of the NFL great. “Adding Marshall to our board is a huge step in the right direction for us. Adding someone with a professional resume like Marshall’s to our team can only help us as we move closer to our goal of a 2013 season.”
The rights to the USFL were purchased by Mr. Cuadra last year and the team has made steady progress towards hitting the field once again in 2013. This time around, the league wants to portray itself as a developmental league for the NFL rather than trying to take on the powerhouse league head on. The NFL has expressed interested in a developmental league but has not openly endorsed the USFL venture as of yet.
Marshall will serve on the league’s business operations advisory board. As explained by the league’s official release-
“The USFL’s board of advisors will be responsible for guiding and advising USFL management on various areas of operations and, eventually, focus on identifying candidates and selecting the league’s commissioner.”
Faulk is currently employed by the NFL as a contributor on the NFL Network. For his career, Faulk played for the Indianapolis Colts and the St. Louis Rams. He totaled 19,154 yards and 136 touchdowns. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.