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Marty Gabriel “Gabe, Univac”

NATIONAL HALL OF FAME (2016)

Induction: Player
Presenters: Geary King, Bill O’Brien
City/State: Charleston, IL
Date of Birth: 2/29/52
Height/ Weight: 5’11” / 185
Spouse: Daiva Markelis
Occupation: Retired Teacher, Coach, and School Social Worker

Career as Player: 20 years (1974 – 1994)
Position: Middle Linebacker
Teams: Beercats, Saints
Number: 36

National Tournament Appearances: 18 (1974 – 1994)
National Championship Titles: 7 (1979 “A-Touch”, 1980 “A-Touch”, 1989 “35 & Over Touch”, 1990 “35 & Over Touch”, 1991 “35 & Over Touch”, 1992 “35 & Over Touch”, 1993 “35 & Over Touch”)
All-American Team: 9 (1980 “Touch” Defense – 2nd Team, 1982 “Touch” Defense – 3rd Team, 1985 “A-Touch” Defense-3rd Team, 1989 “35 & Over Touch” Defense–1st Team, 1990 “35 & Over Touch” Defense– 1st Team, 1991 “35 & Over Touch” Defense–1st Team, 1992 “35 & Over Touch” Defense–1st Team, 1993 “35 & Over Touch” Defense–1st Team, 1994 “35 & Over” Defense-2nd Team)\
National MVP: 1 (1989 “35 & Over Touch” Defense)

Special Awards: 1974 Beercats Rookie of the Year, 1980 Beercats Defensive MVP, 2014 Literacy Volunteers of Illinois Partner of the Year, U.S. Scrabble Team member (2007-2015), World record for most points scored playing Scrabble in 24 hours (about 216,000), North American record holder for most official Scrabble games of 700 or more points (3)

Memorable moment in flag and touch football: I greatly enjoyed the mental challenges involved in creating the game plans and calling the signals that were essential to the defensive dominance of all of the Beercat National Championship title teams and I also was thrilled to physically make more than 200 sacks and more than 100 interceptions during my touch football career, including a most exhilarating leaping pick I made 15-20 yards downfield after faking a blitz on Hi-State’s opening possession during our first championship title game victory over them in 1979!

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