RSN Sports Exclusive
October 13, 2011
Collectables, Etc, a sports memorabilia dealer located in the Nitro Marketplace (Cross Lanes) has announced another star studded meet and greet for this Saturday.
Former WVU Mountaineer greats Major Harris and Rasheed Marshall will be in appearance from 2-4PM, Saturday, Oct. 15.
Ability to sign autographs and have pictures taken are available by reserved ticket. Tickets will are limited but some remain. Fans can call Collectables, Etc. at 304-776-0020 for more information and to reserve a ticket.
Rasheed Marshall played at WVU from 2000-2004 and was selected the Big East Offensive Player of The Year in 2004. He helped launch the offensive explosion most characteristic of the Rich Rodriguez era. Marshall was subsequently drafted to the NFL by the San Francisco 49ers.
Major Harris played at WVU from 1987 to 1989. He was a 1989 All American and finished third and fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1988 and 1989, respectively. He was also the ECAC Player of the Year in 1988 and 1989. Major Harris was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
RSN Sports spoke with both standout quarterbacks this week about their appearance in West Virginia as well as their current endeavors.
Both Major Harris and Rasheed Marshall have settled down in their home town of Pittsburgh and it's suburban area. "There's just a network of connections you build in your home town such as family and friends that make it logical to come back" explained Marshall. Harris added, "West Virginia will always be my home away from home. I lived in Charleston for over 7 years and the people of West Virginia are so great."
Both players pointed out that playing football for West Virginia and the adoration it has brought were clearly the best moments of their careers. "There was nothing like running out on that field in front of those fans. It sent chills down my spine" commented Rasheed Marshall.
Harris stated that he is currently looking at a couple of future career options now that his playing days have winded down. "I don't get too caught up in planning too far ahead. God will bring the opportunities and I will be ready" Harris stated.
Meanwhile Rasheed has a very successful sports and personal training business in the Pittsburgh area. He pointed out, "I'm looking to possibly expand with my own facility as a base of operation." Harris added, "Rasheed is very well known in this area for what he is doing with physical training. I've used him myself."
When asked by RSN Sports what they saw as their era's role in the ascent of WVU football since 1980, both players responded.
Harris -- "Coach Nehlen already had things going during the Hostetler years. He gets all the credit for getting it rolling. I think our playing for the National Championship while I was there was a huge step forward in terms of national perception.
Marshall -- "Of course things were already rolling before my tenure. But when Coach Rodriguez brought us in and we stepped on the field, we were expected to win the Big East every year. That mindset has remained with the program to this day."
Both star quarterbacks commented that being able to come back to West Virginia like this gives them the unique chance to enjoy the fans in a way they couldn't do while playing at WVU. "On game day you had to be focused on the job at hand. As much as you wanted to, you couldn't get caught up in the fans" stated Rasheed Marshall. Added Harris, "As I get older, I come to appreciate even more what took place at a special time and it was the fans that came to the games that made it all so special."