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Brandon Marshall Signed $30M Contract Extension, Pledges $1M to Mental Health

Brandon Marshall, the all-pro wide receiver and one of the NFL’s best, has gotten to where he is now because he knows how to make the most of every situation. Just like he is able to gain position on a defensive back or race past his opponent, he has learned to use his superstar platform to gain a new advantage — as an all-star advocate for mental health awareness. So on Monday, when it came for Marshall to be rewarded by the Chicago Bears for his hard work on the field, he used this particular matchup to show his skills in public outreach; he signed his new three-year, $30 million contract extension with the team on national television while at the same time pledging $1 million to benefit and raise awareness for mental health care.

Just as much as his veteran leadership and playmaking abilities are counted on by his teammates, Marshall has felt a responsibility to act as ambassador for mental health since being diagnosed with a borderline personality disorder in 2011. Marshall often emphasizes that football is his platform while causes such as this are his purpose, and he hopes that his latest actions will bring both awareness and support to the work of organizations such as his foundation, the Brandon Marshall Foundation.

Marshall will continue the dialogue about mental health tonight at 8pm during a Twitter Town Hall with Dwight Hollier, Eddie George, and Donovin Darius hosted by @NFLPlayerEngage.

Watch Brandon Marshall’s conversation with the hosts from The View.

Find out more about Brandon Marshall initiatives here.

Find out more about Mental Health Month here.

Gabe Katz
A journalism enthusiast – sports media in particular – Gabe has interviewed Super Bowl champions Raheem Brock and Chris Canty, and rising star Bengals linebacker Vincent Rey. He’s covered organizations and events affiliated with the NY Rangers, NY Knicks, and NBA Cares. He has also written articles featuring NY Yankees’ Robinson Cano and CC Sabathia, Tina Charles (WNBA), Deron William’s Point of Hope Foundation (NBA), and the foundations of Torrey Smith and Ryan Kerrigan (NFL). After graduating from Temple University where he received a degree in communications, he had two subsequent positions in news, first as an online editor and contributor for a Philadelphia sports web site start-up and later as a multimedia content provider at a newspaper in the Philadelphia suburbs. He now lives in New York as a freelance journalist and remains an avid sports fan.