New sign honors Goldberg’s legacy

The Inter-Mountain photo by Edgar Kelley A new sign pays tribute to Elkins High School sports legend Marshall ‘Biggie’ Goldberg, who starred at the University of Pittsburgh and in the NFL.

ELKINS — A new sign honoring area sports legend Marshall “Biggie” Goldberg was recently installed next to the Steer Steakhouse on the Beverly Five-lane just outside of Elkins.

The new tribute sign replaces an older, weather-damaged memorial that stood at the same location for many years. The new version was constructed by Emblazon Sign Company and paid for by the Randolph County Commission.

The newer sign is not only more detailed, but it displays facts and a photo of Goldberg.

“We couldn’t be any more happier with the way the sign looks,” Randolph County Commissioner Chris See told The Inter-Mountain. “Emblazon did a tremendous job of making the sign and adding a lot of extras the older one didn’t have. It really is a nice tribute to Marshall ‘Biggie’ Goldberg.”

Goldberg was born in Elkins in 1917, the son of a Jewish family that owned a ladies clothing store in town. He was captain of the football team and All-State not only on the gridiron, but in track and basketball as well at EHS.

After graduating from Elkins, Goldberg went on to star at the University of Pittsburgh, where he finished with 1,957 career rushing yards. That total was a school record until Tony Dorsett surpassed the mark in 1974.

Goldberg led the Panthers to back-to-back national championships in 1936 and 1937. He was a consensus All-American during the 1937 and 1938 seasons and finished runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 1938. He was third in voting for the prestigious award in 1937.

Goldberg, who is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, played in the National Football League for the Chicago Cardinals from 1939 until 1943, when his playing career was interrupted after joining the United States Navy during World War II.

He served as a lieutenant with the underwater demolition team in the Navy and returned to the Cardinals in 1946. He continued to play in the NFL through the 1948 season. He was a first-team All Pro selection in 1947 when he led Chicago to the National Football League championship

Goldberg played on both offense and defense during his time in the NFL and finished with career totals of 1,644 rushing yards (11 touchdowns) , 775 receiving yards (60 receptions, 5 TDs), 1,103 return yards, and 19 interceptions. In 1941 he led the NFL in interceptions with seven and all-purpose yards with 1,182.

Goldberg’s No. 42 was retired by Pitt in 1997 and is one of just nine jerseys to be retired by the school. His No. 99 jersey was retired by the Cardinals organization and placed in the teams’ ring of honor. J.J. Watt was granted permission by Goldberg’s granddaughter to use the No. 99 jersey this season for Arizona.

Goldberg, who has twice been a finalist for the Pro Football of Fame, passed away in 2006 at the age of 88.


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