In the midst of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the NFL has shown its support by outfitting its players in pink gloves, shoes and wristbands. Chicago Bears’ wide receiver Brandon Marshall, however, decided to take up support of his own cause and wear lime green cleats in last Thursday night’s win over the New York Giants in honor of Mental Health Awareness Week.
For the star WR, mental illness is a cause very near to him as he was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2011. It was initially reported that the NFL would not allow Marshall to even step on the field against the Giants if he was wearing his green cleats. Though Marshall and his green cleats were eventually allowed to play, the infraction did not come without punishment. The NFL slapped Marshall with a fine of $5,250 for breaking its uniform code, a fine that Marshall not only accepted, but decided to match and donate.
“I’m going to get fined and I’m going to match that, and we want to partner with a cancer care (charity). 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 said. .
When all was said and done, Marshall’s green shoes cost him $10,500 with half of that money going to his charity of choice. A small price to pay when taking into account Marshall had nine catches for 87 yards and two touchdowns in the Chicago Bears 27-21 victory. His stellar performance not only led the way to a Bears victory, but gave his cause plenty of airtime, more than enough to generate quite the buzz.
In an attempt to raise more money and garner more attention to Mental Health Awareness Week, Marshall decided to auction off his green cleats which, when the bidding concluded last night, were sold for $3,601. The proceeds of the auction will go to the Brandon Marshall Foundation, which is dedicated to "raising awareness for mental illness and help(ing) others gain access to the resources that they need to recover,” according to the website.
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