Bears WR Brandon Marshall wears green cleats to support Mental Illness Awareness Week, absorbs fine and donates money to charity; also has 9 catches, 82 yards, 2 touchdowns in 27-21 win over Giants.
How often do you show up for work after you’ve been told you’re being docked pay before you even back the car out of the driveway?
That was the case for Bears receiver Brandon Marshall on Thursday night, but the fineable offense was so dear to his heart, he was willing to eat the money, then match it and donate it to charity.
He may want to tick off the NFL fashion police more often.
Marshall took the Soldier Field turf sporting these bright green concoctions, despite being told Wednesday by the NFL that he would be fined (reportedly $10,000) if he went through with his pledge to wear them. The league had originally threatened to not allow him to even take the field in the shoes.
We’re not sure if the bottoms of the cleats were bright green, but the New York Giants sure know. Because they spent all night chasing after and being out-jumped by Marshall, to the tune of nine catches, 87 yards and a pair of TDs in the Bears’ 27-21 win over the Giants.
While the rest of the league spends October in a hue of pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Marshall, who was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) in 2011, was wearing the cleats in support of Mental Illness Awareness Week.
"I'm going to get fined and I'm going to match that, and we want to partner with a cancer-care (charity)," Marshall told ESPN Chicago on Wednesday. "We're still working on the details to give, really give back to an organization that is doing work in the mental health area. (Also), the diagnosis of breast cancer can hit families hard. It affects all of us."
He told The Associated Press on Tuesday: ''I know there's going to be cameras on me, it just makes my platform that much bigger. I really embrace it. I truly believe that football is my platform not my purpose.''