2019 Grand Marshals

2019 Dan Patch Days Grand Marshals

Meet our Grand Marshals, Marcus and Mike Sherels!

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Marcus Sherels

Marcus Sherels is a longtime Vikings cornerback and return specialist who recently signed with the New Orleans Saints.

Nov 12, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Marcus Sherels (35) runs with the ball against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
The Rochester MN, native was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and played 9 seasons with the Vikings. Sherels is tied for first in Vikings franchise history with a 10.4 yard career punt return average and holds the franchise record with 5 career punt return touchdowns. He holds several other Minnesota Vikings franchise records as well.
Marcus graduated from The University of Minnesota in 2010 with a degree in Political Science. He played on the football team from 2006 – 2009, including three years with his older brother, Mike. He enjoys spending time with his 9 nieces and nephew.


Mike Sherels

Mike Sherels was a former position coach for the University of Minnesota Football team.Mike SherelsSherels was on staff from from 2011-2017.

The Rochester, MN native, graduated from Minnesota in 2007 with a degree in business and marketing education and also has a master’s degree in Sports Management from the U. He played for the Gophers from 2003-07 and served as a captain during his junior and senior year. He is the only Minnesota walk-on ever to be named a two-time captain. As a senior, he was honored with the Neil Fredenburg Award for Courage and Love of the Game. As a junior, he was presented with the Carl Eller Award as the team’s most outstanding defensive player and the Paul Giel Award for Unselfishness and Most Concern about the University of Minnesota.

Sherels, no longer coaching; is currently studying for the LSAT and plans to attend law school. Sherels and his wife, Emily, have four children, Valerie, Quinton, Lyla and Cecilia.