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Football

Jim Marshall wins pardon

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Former Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Jim Marshall’s felony drug conviction was scrubbed from his record Monday by the state Board of Pardons with the aid of his former coach.

Marshall, an ironman of pro football for nearly two decades, won a pardon for his 1991 conviction on a cocaine possession charge, a clean bill of health he sought so he can travel the world without restrictions to do work for a nonprofit he co-founded.

Now 70, Marshall came to a hearing at the state courts building with his former coach, Hall of Famer Bud Grant, and lawyer Ron Meshbesher.

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