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Marcus Cassel Bio


Marcus Ray Cassel (January 6, 1983 - November 17, 2006) was an American football player. Born in Long Beach, California, Cassel was a graduate of St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower. Cassel played as a cornerback for the UCLA Bruins from 2002 until 2005 after redshirting in 2001. He started all 12 games as a senior, helping the Bruins to a 10-2 record. Cassel received a degree in psychology from UCLA. Cassel, who was not picked in the NFL Draft, was signed as a free agent by the Carolina Panthers in May 2006. He suffered a hamstring injury and was placed on the injured reserve list in August and later released. Cassel died on November 17, 2006 in Santa Monica, California from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Marcus Ray Cassel (January 6, 1983 - November 17, 2006) was an American football player. Born in Long Beach, California on January 6, 1983, Cassel was a graduate of St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower. Cassel played as a cornerback for the UCLA Bruins from 2002 until 2005 after redshirting in 2001. He started all 12 games as a senior, helping the Bruins to a 10-2 record. Cassel received a degree in psychology from UCLA. Cassel, who was not picked in the NFL Draft, was signed as a free agent by the Carolina Panthers in May 2006. He suffered a hamstring injury and was placed on the injured reserve list in August and later released. Cassel died on November 17, 2006 in Santa Monica, California from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. EARLY LIFE Cassel was the son of Clyde Cassel and Joletta Terrell Cassel. His father is a pharmacist in the Los Angeles area, and his mother is a registered nurse. Cassel grew up in a loving household. When he was one-and-a-half, his younger brother Jason Hayes Cassel was born. The two remained close friends, with the older Cassel serving as mentor to the younger son, until the untimely death of Marcus. Marcus was a proud member of Central Baptist Church in Carson, Calif. He attended Long Beach Brethren Elementary School, Calvary Chapel Christian School of Downey and Narbonne High School where he excelled in academics and football. Growing up, Marcus was a member of the 1997 Super Bowl Champion Orange County Junior All American Football Carson Colts. Coaches took notice of Cassel and he soon became a rising star at St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, Calif. During his four-year varsity tenure he earned All State and All American honors, and although he was recruited by schools all across the country, he thought it best to stay close to home and attended the University of California at Los Angeles. Cassel worked hard to become a leader on the field and became a starting Cornerback his junior and senior years. The last game of collegiate career was played against longtime rival, the University of Southern California, was an intense match-up, and Cassel walked away with Defensive Player of the Game. He graduated from the university in 2006 with B.A. in Psychology. PROFESSIONAL CAREER Cassel signed with the Carolina Panthers in the late summer of 2006, but suffered a hamstring injury during training camp and was released from the team shortly thereafter. Cassel began to prepare for graduate school when he died while traveling home from Santa Monica early on the morning of November 17, 2006.

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