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.
— Machine Marshall (@BMarshall) May 20, 2014
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.