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Marcel Shipp
No. 26     Las Vegas Locomotives
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-08-08) August 8, 1978 (age 43)
Place of birth: Paterson, New Jersey
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 224 lb (102 kg)
Career information
College: Massachusetts
Undrafted in 2001
Debuted in 2002 for the Arizona Cardinals
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2008
Rushing yards     2,197
Rushing average     3.6
Rushing TDs     11
Stats at
Career UFL statistics as of 2011
Rushing yards     734
Rushing average     3.1
Rushing TDs     9
Stats at

Marcel Cornelius Shipp (born August 8, 1978 in Paterson, New Jersey) is an American football running back. He played in the NFL from 2001-2008 for the Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans. He was signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2001, and played with them through the 2007 season. He was signed for a short time by the Texans in 2008. He played college football at Massachusetts.

Early years

Shipp played high school football at the Passaic County Technical Institute in Wayne, New Jersey.[1] Shipp rushed for 1,510 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior to earn First Team All-State honors.[2] He is considered to be one of the greatest New Jersey high school running backs of all time.

College years

Shipp attended UMass and was a letterman in football. As a sophomore, he was a first team All-America selection, having run for a school-record 2,542 yards and 18 touchdowns. He capped the season by rushing for 244 yards and three scores in UMass' improbable 55-43 victory over Georgia Southern in the Division I-AA national championship game. As a junior, he was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, and added another school record - 24 rushing touchdowns - to his resume to go with 1,846 rushing yards. Shipp finished his career with 5,383 rushing yards, which currently ranks sixth on the Division I-AA football career record list.

Professional career

Arizona Cardinals

He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Arizona Cardinals on April 23, 2001. He made the team but played little in 2001, not getting a single rushing attempt. He did return 6 kickoffs. In 2002 Shipp would see many more opportunities. He had his breakout game in a Week 4 win against the New York Giants when he rushed for 92 yards on 17 carries and scored two touchdowns. In Week 11 he rushed for a season high 135 yards and a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders. He finished the year with a team leading 834 rushing yards on 188 carries (4.4 yards per carry) and 9 total touchdowns.

At the beginning of the 2003 season Shipp's status was somewhat unclear as the team had signed Emmitt Smith in the offseason. Despite Smith's presence Shipp again led the team in rushing with 830 yards on the season. His yards per carry went down to 3.6 however and he did not score a touchdown. He rushed for a career high 165 yards against the San Francisco 49ers in a Week 7 win.

In training camp 2004 Shipp suffered a serious knee injury and was forced to miss the entire 2004 season. He did not play at all that year. Following the missed 2004 season Shipp still remained with the Cardinals. In 2005 he was again the Cardinals' leading rusher, but this time with only 451 yards on 157 carries, for 2.9 yards per carry. In 2006 Shipp saw much less action, as the Cardinals had signed Edgerrin James. He rushed 17 times for 41 yards. He did have 4 touchdowns, scoring for the first time since 2002, including 3 touchdowns in one game on December 3 against the St. Louis Rams. In 2007 he had limited duty again, with 15 carries for 41 yards, still backing up James. In 2008, Shipp signed a 3 year contract with the Cardinals. However, he was released by the team on August 4.

Houston Texans

On August 18, 2008, Shipp agreed to terms with the Houston Texans but was released on August 29.

His career NFL stats are 605 rushes for 2197 yards (3.6 yards per carry) and 11 rushing touchdowns. He has 109 receptions for 912 yards and 3 receiving touchdowns.

Las Vegas Locomotives

Shipp signed with the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League on August 25, 2009.[3] He finished the 2009 UFL season with 72 carries for 257 rushing yards, good for fourth in the league. Shipp's Locomotives defeated the Florida Tuskers 20-17 in overtime to win the inaugural UFL championship game.

Shipp returned with the team for the 2010 season. The Locomotives won a second straight championship again defeating the Tuskers in the championship game. Shipp finished the regular season with 313 rushing yards (5th in the league) on 117 carries and four rushing touchdowns (tied for second in the league). In the championship game he had 16 carries for 43 yards.

In 2011 Shipp remained with the Locomotives for a third season, despite the UFL's continued financial problems. In only a four team league, the Locomotives went 3-1 with Shipp as their leading rusher. Shipp gained 164 yards on 49 carries and scored two touchdowns. The Locomotives did not win their third straight championship as they lost in the title game 17-3 to the Virginia Destroyers.


  1. Marcel Shipp player profile, National Football League Players Association. Accessed July 24, 2007. "Hometown: Paterson, N.J... Played one year of prep football at Milford (Conn.) Academy and was all-New Jersey choice as a senior at Passaic County Technical High School"
  2. Marcel Shipp player profile, [University of Massachusetts athletic site]. Accessed December 8, 2007. "Before UMass: Ran for 1,510 yards and 24 touchdowns on 172 carries (8.8 average) during his senior season … First team All-State choice as a senior"

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