Brandon Marshall is a wideout for the Chicago Bears and he’s very, very good. He also has Borderline Personality Disorder.
In lieu of Frontline’s amazing and scathing report on the NFL’s work to cover up it’s own mental health issues, it happens to be mental health week. So, instead of the traditional pink that NFL players wear for the entire month of October, for one game Brandon Marshall will wear green shoes to support mental health week, which is an incredibly undervalued, ignored, and oftentimes shamed part of sports. But, because of his support for something so important to him, yet so taboo in high-level sports, he’s violating a wardrobe rule - or whatever - and is being fined over $5,000.
I was involved in athletics my whole life, including national-level and Division 1 swimming in college, and I can tell you that mental health is seldom spoken about in nearly all sports at all levels. Depression. Bipolar. Anxiety. All of these are alive and well in top-level sports, not to mention the CTE and dementia prevalent in so many of our favorite football stars.
I think the NFL has done a wonderful job raising breast cancer awareness, but it’s about time people start to look at what makes the difference between a great athlete and a good one - his brain. I’m supporting Brandon Marshall on this.
Also, Marshall is matching the leagues fine and donating the amount to a cancer awareness charity.
Good Guy Brandon Marshall (via Reddit)