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Brandon Marshall: 7 Things You May Not Know

Posted Mar 13, 2015

Facts & Figures on the New Jets WR, from His Pittsburgh Roots to His '72 Cutlass

Wide receiver Brandon Marshall, acquired Tuesday by the Jets in trade from the Bears, has been in the NFL spotlight for a decade.

But how much do you remember about his very public on- and off-field persona? Here are seven things you may not know about the prolific pass catcher:

1. The Statistical Picture

Marshall is more than the sum of his numbers, but his numbers say a lot nevertheless. He's had five 100-reception seasons, seven consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons (2007-13) and three seasons of 10-plus touchdown catches. He has been selected to five Pro Bowls. And there's every reason to expect Brandon to amass the 27 catches and 229 yards he needs to reach a few career milestones — 800 receptions and 10,000 yards — perhaps even in the first quarter of the Jets' 2015 season.


2. Catch as Catch Can

Marshall has two of the three top single-game reception totals in NFL history. He had 18 catches for 166 yards for Denver against San Diego on Sept. 14, 2008, two short of Terrell Owens' then-record 20. Then Brandon broke the record with 21 grabs for 200 yards for the Broncos against the Colts on Dec. 13, 2009. When Marshall dons the green and white in September, two of the four players with the most catches in a game will have played for the Jets — FB Clark Gaines set the record at 17 in our 1980 game against the 49ers.


3. Foundation of Steel

Like Jets great Curtis Martin, Marshall was born in Pittsburgh and used the grittiness of his Steel City childhood to establish his football foundation. As he has said, "Growing up in Pittsburgh, a blue collar town similar to Chicago, I learned toughness and a strong work ethic were needed to achieve success on the field."


4. Style On the Field

Before Marshawn Lynch billed himself as "Beast Mode," Brandon Marshall was known as "The Beast." In 2008 then-Chiefs CB Brandon Flowers described the 6'4", 230-pound Marshall as "a defensive lineman playing wide receiver. He wants to inflict punishment on you. He wants you to try to tackle him so he can shove you off of him and get more yards."


5. Style Off the Field

Marshall has flair away from the field as well. As he says on his Web site, "It isn't easy to cover me, unless it's with a hand-tailored suit." He quotes two legendary fashion designers, Yves Saint Laurent ("Fashion fades, style is eternal") and Oscar de la Renta ("Fashion is about dressing in what's fashionable, style is about being yourself").


6. Mental Health Advocate

Marshall announced at a 2011 news conference that he has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and that he hoped to spread awareness and understanding about the illness. He showed his advocacy in 2014, when, upon signing a contract extension with the Bears, he donated $1 million to mental health care. He also went green well before joining the Jets — he wore non-regulation green shoes in the Bears' Thursday night win over the Giants in '13.


7. Man on a Roll

Marshall has also related his love for vintage cars to his BPD battle. He's been a restorer of classic vehicles since his college days at Central Florida. His pride and joy? It may be his 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass.



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