February 1, 1976 |
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||220 lb (100 kg)|
|High school:||Edmond (OK)|
|NFL Draft:||1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 30|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Career Arena statistics|
|Player stats at ArenaFan.com|
Marcus DeLando Nash (born February 1, 1976) is a retired American football wide receiver, formerly of the Dallas Desperados of the Arena Football League. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos 30th overall in the 1998 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tennessee.
Nash was drafted by the Broncos in the first round (30th overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft. During his rookie season, he appeared in eight games and caught four passes for 76 yards. In 1999, Nash appeared in two games for the Broncos including one start, but recorded no statistics.
Just over a month after his release from the Dolphins, Nash was signed by the Baltimore Ravens on October 25. He appeared in one game but did not catch any passes.
In 2003, Nash made the transition to the Arena Football League with the Detroit Fury. During his rookie season, he led the team in all receiving categories with 69 receptions for 866 yards and 24 touchdowns. On defense, he recorded 11 tackles, a fumble recovery, an interception and five pass breakups. He also returned two kickoffs for 19 yards. On February 14 against the Carolina Cobras, Nash earned team MVP honors with eight receptions for 86 yards and three touchdowns.
Nash signed with the Las Vegas Gladiators in 2004 and subsequently experienced his most productive season as a professional. He set an AFL record with 154 receptions and racked up 1,771 yards and 46 touchdowns. He also rushed 12 times for 21 yards and three touchdowns. For his performance, Nash was named the AFL's Offensive Player of the Year. On defensive he recorded five tackles.
Nash continued to produce for the Gladiators in 2005 as he caught 129 passes for a career-high 1,787 yards and 41 touchdowns. He was named AFL Offensive Player of the Month in May after catching 36 passes for 415 yards and 13 touchdowns. Nash also carried the ball four times for four yards and scored two touchdowns on the ground. He recorded one tackle and returned three kickoffs for 10 yards.
In his final season with the Gladiators in 2006, Nash caught 122 passes for 1,281 yards and 28 touchdowns. He also rushed four times for five yards, recorded two tackles and returned two kickoffs for five yards.
After three seasons with the Gladiators, Nash joined the Dallas Desperados in 2007. He caught 78 passes for 1,090 yards and 20 touchdowns. In a game against the Kansas City Brigade, he surpassed career milestones of 500 receptions and 6,000 receiving yards. Additionally in 2007, Nash rushed four times for five yards and three touchdowns.
In 2008, caught over 100 passes for the fourth time in his career as he made 109 receptions for 1,318 yards and 33 touchdowns. He also rushed six times for seven yards on the season. In the team's playoff loss to the New York Dragons on June 28, Nash suffered a career-ending neck injury.
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