Marshall Faulk could be the most recent former NFL star to take a job as a head coach at the FCS level.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Tuesday that Southern University and Faulk have “mutual interest” in the former NFL star running back becoming the program’s next head coach. Faulk enjoyed a 13-year career as an NFL running back with the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams.

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“The trend may be catching on: HOF RB Marshall Faulk and Southern University have mutual interest about Faulk becoming its head coach, source said,” Rapoport tweeted. “There’s been conversations. Nothing is done, but the Louisiana native could follow in the footsteps of Deion Sanders as a SWAC HC.”


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Sanders was the first big name to land a head coaching job, taking over at Jackson State. Former Ohio State Heisman Trophy winner and Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George was recently named the head coach at Tennessee State.

Faulk was a 7-time Pro Bowl selection, a 3-time first-team All-Pro, a 3-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year, the league’s Most Valuable Player in 2000 and a winner of Super Bowl XXXIV.

Southern University is an FCS program that competes in the SWAC.