Brandon Tyrone Marshall, who is also known by his nickname ‘The Beast’, is an American football wide receiver, who currently plays as a free agent. He began his career playing college football at UCF. He was soon drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. After playing for four years with the Broncos, he has played for other teams as well, such as Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks. Marshall broke Terrell Owens’ record when he caught 21 passes in just a single game in 2009. Other records and achievements of his include being the first to have “1000 receiving yard” seasons with four different teams, having the most seasons with more than 100 receptions, and having the most receptions spanning five games in the history of NFL. Some of the awards and honors won by Brandon Marshall are the 2005 Hawaii Bowl MVP, the 2012 Pro Bowl MVP, and the Second-team All-C-USA. Other than football, he is also known for spreading awareness about and destigmatizing mental illness, as he was himself diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2011.
Childhood & Early Life
Brandon Marshall was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US, on 23rd March 1984. He had a keen interest in sports from quite an early age. He played high school football while he was studying at Lake Howell High School. He also excelled in other sports, which included basketball, track, and triple jump.
After finishing his schooling, Marshall attended the University of Central Florida. He played for the UCF Knights football team. During his college football career, he played a total of 44 games, and collected 112 receptions, 1674 receiving yards as well as 13 touchdowns.
He gave his best in the 2005 Hawaii Bowl, where he not only had 11 catches for 210 yards, but also 3 touchdowns. He was named as the ‘MVP’ (Most Valuable Player) of the game.
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During the 2006 NFL Draft, Brandon Marshall was drafted into the Denver Broncos during the fourth round. Before the regular season began, he suffered an injury which sidelined him for several days. However, he was able to return eventually and play in 15 games during the season. He had 20 catches, 309 receiving yards as well as two touchdowns in his first year with the Broncos.
Before the 2007 season began, Marshall again sustained injuries, due to which he was out for most of the season. He made his comeback on 13th December 2007, in a match against the Houston Texans, which ended in a loss. He caught 11 passes for 107 yards, nine of which were in the first half.
In the next match against the San Diego Chargers, he caught six passes for 75 yards. However, the match resulted in a loss for his team.
Their next match against the Minnesota Vikings resulted in a victory for the Broncos. Marshall caught 10 passes for 114 yards as well as a touchdown. During the season, Marshall showed a brilliant form, getting 102 receptions, the highest in his career. He also got 1325 receiving yards and 7 receiving touchdowns.
After playing for two more seasons with the Denver Broncos, he was traded to the Miami Dolphins for a second round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. The Dolphins and Marshall also agreed to a four-year, $47.5 million extension. He finished his first season with the Dolphins with 86 receptions for 1014 yards as well as three touchdowns.
During the 2011 season, he caught 81 passes for 1214 yards and 6 touchdowns. He also set a record in the Pro Bowl by catching 6 passes for 176 yards and 4 touchdowns. He was named the MVP of the game.
For the next season, he was traded off to the Chicago Bears. Over the next few years, he played for a few other teams as well, which included the New York Jets, the New York Giants, and the Seattle Seahawks.
On 12th November 2018, he was signed by the New Orleans Saints as a free agent, but he was released after a month without playing a single game for the team. Marshall is currently a free agent.
Family & Personal Life
Brandon Marshall has been married to Michi Nogami since 2010. In 2015, the couple had a pair of twins.
In 2011, Marshall announced that he had been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, and therefore, he hoped to spread awareness about the illness. He also added that he wants to reduce the stigma around BPD and various other mental illnesses. On 10th October 2013, he donned a pair of bright green cleats to show his support to Mental Illness Awareness Week.
In March 2018, in partnership with Michigan University and a few others, Brandon Marshall launched a campaign titled ‘Who Can Relate’, a national awareness campaign for mental health. It focused on ending the stigma associated with mental illness. He also founded the organization ‘Project 375’ to help achieve this goal.
Marshall has also been involved in numerous legal troubles throughout his life. These include him being arrested in Atlanta in 2009 for disorderly conduct and fighting with his fiancée, Michi Nogami. He was eventually released on a $300 bond. However, the charges were dropped the following day.
In 2011, his wife, Michi, stabbed him near his stomach, and he was taken to the hospital. His wife was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. She was freed on a $7500 bail.
He was accused of hitting a woman in the face and being involved in melee fight on 11th March 2012. However, as there was a lack of evidence of his role in the incident, the investigation was eventually closed down.