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Brandon Marshall hopes world sees green on Thursday night

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall is in trouble with the NFL again, but this time is different.

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall is in trouble with the NFL again — but this time it’s different.

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall is in the news this week for reasons that have nothing to do with his play on the football field.

Again.

Given Marshall’s well-chronicled off-field issues throughout his career, that must mean he’s done something stupid and gotten himself in trouble with the law again, right?

Not this time.

Indeed, the opposite is true. Marshall is making headlines for getting himself in trouble with the NFL, but this time it’s for doing something incredible off the field — and he is getting national attention for it.

Changed man

Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Marshall has been a model citizen and teammate for a few years now.

The turning point in his life and career came in July of 2011, when Marshall announced to the world that he had been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD).

Brandon Marshall will wear lime green cleats on Thursday for mental illness week.

Brandon Marshall will wear lime green cleats on Thursday to promote Mental Illness Awareness Week.

Since then, Brandon Marshall has excelled both on the field — he was a first-team All-Pro in 2012 — and off it. He has become a team leader and mentor to many young wide receivers and tight ends around the NFL.

Marshall has been extremely open about his disorder, saying that he wanted to become the public face of mental illness, a problem that gets far too little public attention for the number of people it impacts on a daily basis.

Disobedient for a cause

Now Marshall is facing NFL discipline for saying he plans to wear green cleats when the Chicago Bears (3-2) take on the New York Giants (0-5) on Thursday Night Football. His wants to raise awareness of Mental Illness Awareness Week in a nationally televised game. This constitutes a violation of NFL rules, since players are required to wear team-colored cleats (or pink in October for breast cancer awareness).

If Marshall goes ahead with the plan, he will be fined for the uniform violation per standard NFL policy.

Personally, I am extremely happy the NFL has decided to go this route. Early reports had suggested the league might forbid him to step foot on the field if he attempted to wear the green cleats. A fine of about $10,000 is not a big deal to Marshall, who is making $9 million this season, and the controversy surrounding the incident has done nothing but generate publicity to further his cause.

Early reports actually stated the NFL would prohibit Brandon Marshall from wearing the cleats.

Early reports indicate that the NFL would prohibit Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall from wearing the green cleats on Thursday Night Football.

I have written at length in the past about how Brandon Marshall’s crusade hits home for me due to my personal experiences with friends and family members who suffer from mental illnesses. I love that he is starting to draw more attention for his efforts.

Hopefully, the mainstream media will continue to focus more on his excellent work in this area instead of trying to generate controversies by twisting his comments to make it look like he is unhappy with his role in Chicago’s new offense. Marshall has grown and matured in the two years since his BPD diagnosis, and it’s high time the media took note and acted accordingly.

Marshall recently had a wonderful quote that illustrates his intentions: “I truly believe that football is my platform, not my purpose.”

Thursday night, he will be using that platform to make a loud statement . . . in the form of lime-green shoes.

834 comments
bblackow
bblackow

Dont more people die from prostate cancer than breast cancer every year? Yet women get a whole month of non-stop publicity?

nonstradamus
nonstradamus

I can't wait for April 1 through April 7: Testicular Cancer Awareness Week. Yes, we will have a ribbon up.

The Real CJammin
The Real CJammin

So I just discovered that while imgur and Youtube are blocked on my work computer, Reddit is not.

thebaskett
thebaskett

so if breast cancer awareness month makes chicks feel themselves up to make sure they dont have cancer.. Is mental Illness awareness suppose to make people look in the mirror and wonder. HMM how retarded to i look

nonstradamus
nonstradamus

Alas, we missed Prostate Health Awareness Month (pale blue). That was September.

bp.
bp. moderator

@Maized and Confused He was particularly good at getting people up-in-arms on his side.  Not just that whole thing, but over more everyday stuff as well.  Gotsta give credit where credit is due.  Choke was twice the troll LKP is.

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused

You mean besides faking having cancer, flagging everyone, and creating troll accounts to start fights then also flag everyone?

Childerz...
Childerz...

@tmonson78 GOD No where in the world can you get the Pristine Mountains and beautiful palm trees nestled into the valley on a nice summer night like you can in Ohio. 

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused

Just because he wasn't as bad as the worst guy, doesn't make him any better.

nonstradamus
nonstradamus

Technically, it's orchid purple, whatever the hell that means.

bp.
bp. moderator

Step 1: Aaron Rodgers is better than Matt Stafford.


Yada yada yada...

Step 50: Lions fans cheer for injuries, for Packers fans to die of cancer, and are only one rung above Bears fans on the ladder of evil.