During the Chicago Bears’ Thursday night game against the New York Giants, Brandon Marshall supported a cause different from the NFL’s Breast Cancer Awareness campaign. Instead, Marshall rocked LIME green cleats to support Mental Health Awareness Week; a cause much closer to his heart.
The Bears’ wide receiver started the buzz about his lime green kicks earlier this week to create more awareness for an illness he not only supports, but also lives with. In 2011 Marshall took an admirable step and went public with his multiple personality disorder diagnosis. He instantly turned his reputation around (bad boy to vulnerable) while also becoming the face of a mental disorder so many people also deal with.
Reports had said the NFL would prevent Marshall from taking the field with the green cleats on, but then those fuddy-duddies had a change of heart. The league ruled that Marshall would be allowed to play and support his cause, but would be fined for the uniform violation. Marshall came back and said he would double the cost of the fine and donate it to his favorite foundation. Take that rules.
To top things off, Chicago’s #1 WR took things to the next level scoring two touchdowns under the lights of Soldier Field. Yup – love that. Oh, and I LOVE this purple bow tie.
BMarsh has brought national attention to the disorder throughout the week and Thursday night during the national broadcast. Ultimately, Marshall hopes that through awareness he can help others learn to cope with their condition.