Brandon Marshall

Brandon Tyrone Marshall (born March 23, 1984) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He played college football at UCF, and was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. Marshall has also played for the Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, New York Jets, New York Giants, and the Seattle Seahawks. He was signed by the New Orleans Saints as a free agent on November 12, 2018, he was later released that season on December 12, 2018 without appearing in a single game for the Saints.

Marshall is known for his ability to break and dodge tackles.[1] He led all NFL wide receivers in yards after first contact for the 2007 NFL season. Regarding Marshall's breakaway ability, cornerback Brandon Flowers said, "Brandon Marshall is 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."[1] Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha said Marshall is "the toughest guy to bring down, one-on-one."[2]

On December 13, 2009, against the Indianapolis Colts, Marshall set an NFL record for receptions in a game with 21.[3] He also is one of six players in NFL history to catch at least 100 passes in three consecutive seasons.[4][5]

Brandon Marshall
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Marshall with the Seattle Seahawks in 2018
Free agent
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born:March 23, 1984 (age 35)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:232 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school:Lake Howell
(Winter Park, Florida)
NFL Draft:2006 / Round: 4 / Pick: 119
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receiving yards:12,351
Receiving average:12.7
Receiving touchdowns:83
Player stats at

Early years

Marshall was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,[6] and later lived in Georgia and Florida where he played high school football at Lake Howell High School.[7][8]

Marshall was a letterman in basketball and track three times at Lake Howell. He played both offense and defense, as he earned All-State honors and was named Seminole County Utility Player of the Year. In track Marshall competed as a jumper. As a senior, he won the Class 3A state triple jump championship, landing a personal-best jump of 14.81 meters,[6] and also placed ninth in long jump, recording a jump of 6.88 meters.[9] As a top competitor in high jump, he cleared 1.98 meters at the 2002 FHSAA 3A District 7 Meet, placing second.[10] Marshall was a scholar athlete at the University of Central Florida, and was selected to the All-C-USA Team.[11]

College career

Marshall attended the University of Central Florida, where he played a total of 44 games (21 starts) at wide receiver for the UCF Knights football team. He collected 112 receptions, 1,674 receiving yards, and 13 touchdowns in his collegiate career.[6][12] As a freshman, he had a limited role and had two receptions for 18 yards and a touchdown.[13] As a sophomore, he had 27 receptions for 363 yards and two touchdowns.[14] As a junior, he had eight receptions for 84 yards and had an interception on defense.[15] His best season came in 2005 as a senior. He played in 13 games and had career highs in receptions (74), receiving yards (1,195), and touchdowns (11).[16] Marshall's best career game came in the 2005 Hawaii Bowl, where he had 11 catches for 210 yards and three touchdowns.[17] He was named MVP of the game. For his efforts during the 2005 season, Marshall was selected to the All-C-USA second team.[6]

Marshall also started at safety for seven games during the 2004 season due to injuries in UCF's secondary. He made his first collegiate start at safety on October 4, 2004, against Buffalo.[18] He recorded four tackles, including half a sack. Marshall led his entire team in tackles (51) during the 2004 season.

Collegiate statistics

Year School Class Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD Rush Yds Avg TD
2002 UCF Freshman WR 9 2 18 9.0 0 1 -6 -6.0 0
2003 UCF Sophomore WR 12 28 377 13.5 2 1 8 8.0 0
2004 UCF Junior WR 10 8 84 10.5 0
2005 UCF Senior WR 13 74 1195 16.1 11 1 3 3.0 0
Career 112 1674 14.9 13 3 5 1.7 0

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 4 12 in
(1.94 m)
229 lb
(104 kg)
4.56 s 1.60 s 2.68 s 4.31 s 6.96 s 37 in
(0.94 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
All values from NFL Combine, except for 20-ss and 3-cone, which are from UCF Pro Day[19]

Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos selected Marshall with the 119th overall selection in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft.[6][20]

2006 season

Before the regular season began, Marshall suffered a slight tear to his posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in the preseason game against the Detroit Lions.[21] Although the injury sidelined him for a couple weeks, he was able to return and play in 15 games (1 start) during the regular season. Marshall had a total of 20 catches, 309 receiving yards, and 2 touchdowns for his rookie year.[22] On October 22, against the Cleveland Browns, he had his first professional receiving touchdown.[23] He caught a pass in each of the Broncos' final seven games of the season, totaling 18 receptions, 287 receiving yards, and 1 touchdown over that stretch.[6] The lone touchdown came during an NBC Sunday Night Football home game against the Seattle Seahawks on December 3, 2006.[24] In that game, Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler (who was making his NFL regular season debut as a rookie) threw a pass to Marshall on the right side of the field. Marshall broke and spun away from three tackles on his way to a career-long 71-yard touchdown. It was the second longest rookie-to-rookie pass play in Broncos history.[6]

2007 season

Marshall in 2007

Marshall sustained injuries before the start of the 2007 season. He suffered a groin strain that kept him out of Broncos quarterback camp and team camp during May and June. He also pulled a quadriceps femoris muscle on July 10, 2007, during Broncos mini-camp.[25] The injury left him out for nearly all of training camp until Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan ordered him to participate for the last couple of days.[26]

On December 13, 2007, in a Thursday night road loss against the Houston Texans, Marshall caught 11 passes for 107 yards.[27] Nine of those receptions occurred in the first half. Marshall became the only wide receiver in Broncos history to have at least 10 receptions in two consecutive games.[28] On Christmas Eve, 2007, in a Monday night road loss to the San Diego Chargers, Marshall caught six passes for 75 yards.[29][30] On December 30, 2007, in a home win against the Minnesota Vikings, Marshall caught 10 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown.[31] The 10 catches gave Marshall 102 total receptions for the year – his first career 100-catch season. He became only the third second-year player in NFL history to have at least 100 receptions in a season, joining Isaac Bruce and Larry Fitzgerald.[31]

During the 2007 season, Marshall posted team-highs and career-highs in receptions (102), receiving yards (1,325) and receiving touchdowns (7).[6][32] Marshall reached the 1,000-yard milestone during the 13th game of the season, which was a 41–7 home win over the Kansas City Chiefs. In the game, Marshall had 10 catches for 115 yards and 2 touchdowns.[33] Among all of the wide receivers in the NFL during the season, Marshall placed fifth in receptions (102), sixth in receiving yards (1,325), second in yards after the catch (505), first in yards after first contact (319), first in number of times targeted (170) and tied for fourth in catches that led to first downs (70).[6][34][35]

Following the 2007 season, Marshall, Cutler, and Tony Scheffler went to Atlanta, Georgia together to train and work on timing for the 2008 season.[36]

2008 season

On March 22, 2008, Marshall slipped on an empty McDonald's bag while wrestling with family members, and subsequently, fell through a television set at his home in Orlando, Florida – cutting his right forearm.[37][38][39] According to Broncos head athletic trainer Steve Antonopulos, Marshall "sustained right forearm lacerations to one artery, one vein, one nerve, two tendons and three muscles."[39] He was treated at a local hospital and later released after needing a cast and several stitches. In early April, Marshall had the cast removed from his surgically repaired right forearm and was in a sling until May.[40] He was cleared in late-June to practice with the Broncos.[41] He later revealed that his right hand was numb during the entire 2008 season.[42]

Marshall officially received a three-game suspension from the NFL on August 5, 2008, due to off-the-field legal troubles including a drunk driving charge and domestic violence arrest.[43] He appealed the decision and won the appeal, reducing the punishment to a one-game suspension and a fine of two combined game checks, which totaled $52,353.[44]

In Marshall's first game back from suspension, he caught 18 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown, in a 39–38 home victory over the San Diego Chargers.[45] The 18 receptions were a Broncos single-game record, and tied for the second most in NFL history, trailing only Terrell Owens, who caught 20 passes for the San Francisco 49ers in a game during the 2000 NFL season. Marshall's 18 receptions gave him 55 total receptions over five games, which is an NFL record.[6] He is the first receiver in NFL history to register at least 10 receptions in four out of five games.[6][46] His performance against the Chargers also earned him AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career.[47]

Marshall received attention for an attempted touchdown celebration during the Broncos' 34–30 comeback road victory over the Cleveland Browns in a Thursday Night Football matchup on November 6, 2008.[48] With over a minute left in the game, Marshall caught the go-ahead touchdown pass and then began to pull a glove from his pants. Denver wide receiver Brandon Stokley rushed over to Marshall to urge him to put the glove away, as it could be considered a touchdown celebration prop, which is against NFL rules (a 15-yard penalty on the kickoff could be assessed).[48] Marshall later explained that he was intending to put on the glove (which was white with one half of it painted black) as a means to honor racial progress and unity in the United States, following the country electing Barack Obama as President two days earlier.[49] Regarding the attempted touchdown celebration, Marshall said, "I know at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico, Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised that black glove and that fist as a silent gesture of black power and liberation. Forty years later, I wanted to make my own statement. I wanted to make my own statement and gesture to represent the progress we made."[49] Smith and Carlos didn't initially see Marshall's attempted gesture when it happened live, but both said they appreciated and understood Marshall's intent.[50] "He wanted to make a mark in history and feel that he was a part of the change for the better," Smith said. "He had the right idea in terms of what he was attempting to do," Carlos said.[50]

On December 7, 2008, in the 13th game of the season, Marshall caught 11 passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns, as part of a 24–17 home victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.[51] The 91 yards gave him over 1,000 receiving yards for the second consecutive season.[6] Marshall had his second career multi-touchdown game as well;[51] the first also occurred in a home victory over the Chiefs in the 13th game of the prior season. That game was also where Marshall eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards for a season for the first time in his career.[6][33][52]

Marshall finished the season ranked third among NFL wide receivers in receptions (104), seventh in receiving yards (1,265), fifth in receiving yards per game (84.3), seventh in yards after the catch (419), third in catches that led to first downs (65) and first in number of times targeted for the second consecutive season (181).[53] The 104 catches were a career-high for Marshall and also made him only the ninth player in NFL history (second Broncos player) to have at least 100 receptions in back-to-back seasons.[54] He finished first in fan voting for AFC wide receivers in the 2009 Pro Bowl.[55] He received 18 more votes than Randy Moss to earn the top spot. Four wide receivers are chosen to play in the game. Fan voting accounts for one-third of the total voting (players and coaches account for the other two-thirds). He was officially picked to play in his first Pro Bowl when selections were announced on December 16, 2008. Marshall was chosen as a starter.[56]

2009 season

Marshall had hip surgery on March 31, 2009, to repair an aggravated hip that bothered him during the 2008 season.[57] He returned in time for training camp in late-July; however, he didn't always fully commit to practicing. This led the Broncos to suspend him for the last two games of the preseason (he didn't play in the first two preseason contests) for conduct detrimental to the team.[58]

In a 26–6 Thanksgiving home victory over the New York Giants, Marshall recorded six catches (including two one-handed grabs) for 86 yards.[59] His performance earned him the Pudding Pie Award, which is given to the game's MVP by the NFL Network.

On December 13, 2009, Marshall broke Terrell Owens' record for receptions in a game with 21, as part of a 28–16 road loss to the Indianapolis Colts.[3] Owens said, "No more deserving of a guy than he is. He's just been a hard worker....I wish him well. He's going to have a great career."[60] Marshall became the first player since 1960 to record eight career games of at least 10 catches in his first four seasons.[61] During the game against the Colts, he also had two touchdowns and a career-high 200 receiving yards. Marshall's performance earned him AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second time in his career.[62]

On December 27, 2009, in a 30–27 road loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Marshall caught his 100th pass of the season.[63][64] He became only the fifth player in NFL history (first Broncos player) to do so in three consecutive seasons (previously Jerry Rice, Herman Moore, Marvin Harrison, concurrently Wes Welker, and subsequently Antonio Brown).[4] Marshall was named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl when rosters were announced on December 29.[65]

Marshall was benched for the team's final regular season game by head coach Josh McDaniels for failing to arrive at a physical therapy session on time.[66] The Broncos lost the regular season finale in Denver, 44–24, to the Kansas City Chiefs on January 3, 2010.[67] They missed the playoffs for the fourth straight year. Marshall ended the season tied for third among NFL wide receivers in catches (101), tied for seventh in receiving touchdowns (10), seventh in yards after the catch (527), and fifth in number of times targeted (154).[68]

Miami Dolphins

2010 season

Miami Dolphins football team wide receiver Brandon Marshall receives the National Football League's 2012 Pro Bowl Most Valuable Player trophy at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu Jan 120129-M-DX861-231
Marshall with the 2012 Pro Bowl MVP trophy.

On April 14, 2010, Marshall was traded from the Denver Broncos to the Miami Dolphins for a second round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft and a second round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.[69] On the same day, the Dolphins and Marshall agreed to a four-year, $47.5 million extension.[70]

Marshall finished the season with 86 receptions for 1,014 yards and three touchdowns.[71] His streak of three straight years with 100 or more receptions came to an end, but he did extend his streak of 1,000 receiving yards to four straight years. His best performances of the season occurred in Week 3 home against the New York Jets (10 receptions for 166 yards and 1 touchdown), Week 6 away against the Green Bay Packers (10 catches for 125 yards), Week 15 home against the Buffalo Bills (11 receptions for 105 yards and 1 touchdown) and Week 16 home against the Detroit Lions (10 receptions for 100 yards).[72][73][74][75]

2011 season

In the 2011 season, Marshall caught 81 passes for 1,214 yards and 6 touchdowns.[76] It was his second straight season catching 80 or more passes. In the Pro Bowl, Marshall set a Pro Bowl record by catching 6 passes for 176 yards and 4 touchdowns, with another touchdown intended for him deflected. He was named the game's MVP.[77]

Chicago Bears

2012 season

Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall
Marshall (right) talking with Bears quarterback and teammate Jay Cutler during training camp.

Marshall was traded to the Chicago Bears on March 13, 2012, for one third round draft pick in 2012 and a future one in 2013, reuniting him with former Bronco teammate Jay Cutler leading to a career year for Marshall.[78] In his Bears debut against the Indianapolis Colts, Marshall caught 9 passes for 119 yards, which was the twentieth time he surpassed one hundred yards in his career. He also caught a 3-yard touchdown pass, as the Bears would go on to win 41–21.[79] After the Bears win over the Detroit Lions in Week 7, Marshall was fined $10,500 for wearing orange cleats.[80] In Week 12 against the Minnesota Vikings, Marshall recorded 12 catches for 92 yards, and passed the 1,000 yards receiving mark in a season for the sixth time in his career, making Marshall the first Bears receiver to accomplish the feat since Marty Booker in 2002.[81] Two weeks later against the Vikings, Marshall recorded ten catches for 160 yards, passing Booker's single season reception mark with a total of 101 receptions.[82] In Week 16 against the Arizona Cardinals, Marshall broke Marcus Robinson's single-season franchise record for receiving yards set in 1999.[83] On December 26, Marshall was named to the 2013 Pro Bowl,[84] making him the second Bears receiver to be named to the game since Dick Gordon in 1971, with the first being Booker in 2002.[85] However, Marshall did not play in the game due to having an arthroscopic procedure on his hip, and was replaced by Larry Fitzgerald.[86] Marshall finished the season with 118 receptions, 89 catches more than the next Bears receiver Earl Bennett,[87][88] tying the New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker for second, behind Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson, and third in receiving yards with 1,508, behind Houston's Andre Johnson.[89][90]

2013 season

Matt Forte Brandon Marshall Alshon Jeffery 2014
Marshall (center), along with Alshon Jeffery (right) and Matt Forte (left)

Marshall opened the 2013 season strong, by catching the game-winning touchdown pass against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1.[91] In Week 6 against the New York Giants, Marshall stated he will wear green cleats to support his mental illness foundation and promote Mental Health Awareness Week;[92] Marshall was expected to be fined, so he additionally said, "I'm going to get fined, and I'm going to match that, and we want to partner with a cancer-care [charity]."[93] Marshall was eventually fined $10,500 by the league.[92] In Week 17, Brandon Marshall torched the Green Bay Packers by providing an early 4th quarter touchdown from quarterback Jay Cutler. Despite the effort, Marshall and the Bears lost the game, coming up short and missing the playoffs with a record of 8-8. Marshall ended 2013 with 100 receptions for 1,295 yards and a career-high 12 touchdown receptions, which is the third-highest in franchise history, behind Ken Kavanaugh and Dick Gordon's 13 in 1947 and 1970, respectively, and the most by a Bears player since Curtis Conway's 12 in 1995.[94][95] It was also Marshall's fifth season with 100 or more receptions, which tied him with Wes Welker and Andre Johnson for the most in league history. Also, Marshall is the first player in Bears history to record multiple 100-reception seasons.[96]

2014 season

On May 19, 2014, Marshall signed a four-year, $39.3 million contract. The deal contained $22.3 million guaranteed, including a $7.5 million signing bonus. Another $700,000 was available through a 2017 escalator based on a Bears Super Bowl appearance in any of the first three seasons. Marshall was eligible for an annual $200,000 workout bonus throughout the contract's life. 2015: $7.5 million, 2016: $7.9 million, 2017: $8.3 million, 2018: Free Agent.[97] In Week 2, against the San Francisco 49ers, he had five receptions for 48 yards and three touchdowns in the 28–20 victory.[98] During Week 14 against the Cowboys, Marshall was kneed in the back by Barry Church, suffering two broken ribs[99] and a collapsed lung. Marshall left the field via ambulance. On December 5, he was ruled out for the rest of the season.[100] Overall, he finished the 2014 season with 61 receptions for 721 yards and eight touchdowns.[101]

New York Jets

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Marshall with the Jets in 2015

2015 season

The Bears traded Marshall and a seventh round-selection in the 2015 NFL Draft to the New York Jets in exchange for their fifth-round draft selection (Adrian Amos) on March 10, 2015.[102] Marshall said that the Jets will be the last team that he plays for, and that he will retire if cut.[103] From Week 2 to Week 5, Marshall had gained over 100 yards in four straight games.[104][105][106][107] In Week 3, Marshall surpassed the 10,000 receiving yards mark in his career. In the Week 13 win versus the New York Giants, his 131-yard game gave him his eighth 1,000 receiving yard season of his career.[108] Marshall became the first player in NFL history to have a 1,000 receiving yard season with four different teams (3 with Denver, 2 with Miami, 2 with Chicago and 1 with NYJ).[109] In week 16, Marshall recorded 115 yards and 2 touchdowns in the 26-20 overtime victory over the New England Patriots.[110]

Marshall finished the season with 109 receptions on 174 targets for 1,502 yards and 14 touchdowns.[111] Marshall's 109 receptions ranked fifth in the NFL for the 2015 season. Marshall finished in the top-5 among NFL wide receivers in targets, receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns in 2015.[112][113] He was named to his sixth Pro Bowl and was ranked 25th by his fellow on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.[114]

2016 season

Marshall's 2016 season became less productive than the previous year due to mostly dropped balls, constant rotation at the quarterback position, and locker room controversy with teammate Sheldon Richardson.[115] He started in 15 games and finished the season with 788 receiving yards and three touchdowns.[116]

After the 2016 season ended, Marshall was reported to be released by the Jets in late February. The Jets released Marshall in order to fully transition into a rebuilding stage.[117]

New York Giants

Marshall signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the New York Giants.[118][119] On September 10, 2017, in the Giants' season opening 19–3 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on NBC Sunday Night Football, Marshall had one reception for ten yards in his Giants' debut.[120]

On October 8, 2017, Marshall was carted off the field after hurting his ankle in the Giants' 27-22 Week 5 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The following day, Marshall announced in an Instagram post that he would undergo season-ending surgery.[121] He was placed on injured reserve on October 10, 2017.[122] He finished the 2017 season with 18 catches for 154 yards and zero touchdowns.[123]

On April 19, 2018, Marshall was released by the Giants and was considered a bust by fans and the New York sports media. [124]

Seattle Seahawks

Marshall signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks worth up to $2 million with incentives on May 29, 2018.[125] After playing in six games, Marshall was released by the Seahawks.[126]

New Orleans Saints

Marshall was signed by the New Orleans Saints on November 12, 2018.[127] He was released on December 13, 2018 after failing to appear in any games.[128]

Career statistics

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2006 DEN 15 1 20 309 15.5 71T 2 2 12 6.0 6 0 1 0
2007 DEN 16 16 102 1,325 13.0 68T 7 5 57 11.4 24 0 3 1
2008 DEN 15 15 104 1,265 12.2 47 6 2 −4 −2.0 7 0 4 3
2009 DEN 15 13 101 1,120 11.1 75T 10 7 39 5.6 14 0
2010 MIA 14 14 86 1,014 11.8 46 3 2 3 1.5 4 0 2 1
2011 MIA 16 16 81 1,214 15.0 65T 6 1 13 13.0 13 0 1 1
2012 CHI 16 16 118 1,508 12.6 56 11 1 -2 -2.0 -2 0 2 0
2013 CHI 16 16 100 1,295 13.0 44 12 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2014 CHI 13 13 61 721 11.8 47 8 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 1
2015 NYJ 16 16 109 1,502 13.8 69T 14 0 0 0.0 0 0 3 2
2016 NYJ 15 15 59 788 13.4 41 3 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2017 NYG 5 5 18 154 8.6 18 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2018 SEA 6 2 11 136 12.4 27 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Career 178 158 970 12,351 12.7 75T 83 20 118 5.9 24 0 17 9

Personal life

Marshall has been nicknamed "The Beast" during his NFL career.[129][130][131][132] Marshall enjoys restoring vintage automobiles.[6] He is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity (initiated into the Lambda Omega Chapter) and does charity work with them. He is involved in an ongoing effort to rebuild Larimer Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[6] He is married to Michi Nogami and they have [7] two children.[133]

Borderline personality disorder

Brandon Marshall smile
Marshall at the 2011 Pro Bowl.

On July 31, 2011, Marshall announced at a press conference that he had been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and that he hopes to spread awareness and understanding about the illness. Marshall said his entire professional career and adult personal life has been marred with symptoms of BPD, but only recently through treatment has he learned to consciously and effectively deal with the resulting problems of his actions that have been influenced by BPD. Marshall cited a recent study that suggests at least 35% of male prison inmates nationally, and 25% of female inmates, have been diagnosed with BPD. He said he hopes to help reduce the stigma of BPD, and encourage and lead others with the disorder to receive proper care. On October 10, 2013, Marshall donned a pair of bright green Nike cleats in support of Mental Illness Awareness Week.[134] Marshall pledged to donate any fine he incurred from the NFL to charity, an estimated $5,250.[135] In March 2018, Brandon partnered with the University of Michigan, the rapper Logic, Glenn Close, his wife Michi and the Steven Schwartzberg Foundation in launching a campaign titled Who Can Relate, a national mental health awareness campaign.[136]

Legal troubles

According to Orlando-Orange County public records (case 48-2004-MM-012392-O), on Halloween 2004, while a student at UCF, Marshall was arrested in Orlando on charges of assault on a law enforcement officer, refusal to obey, disorderly conduct, and resisting an officer.[137]

On January 1, 2007, Marshall was present at The Shelter, a nightclub in Denver, Colorado, along with teammates Javon Walker and Darrent Williams. The trio was attending a birthday party held for and by Denver Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin. As the players were leaving the club in a limousine, Williams was fatally shot in the neck after an unknown assailant opened fire on the vehicle. Willie Clark was later charged with the murder.[138] Walker has stated in interviews that the shooter was likely a nightclub patron whose motive was retaliation after being involved in an altercation with Marshall's cousin earlier that night.[139][140]

On March 26, 2007, Marshall was arrested in the Highlands Ranch suburb of Denver on suspicion of domestic violence after his girlfriend reported that following a domestic dispute, Marshall prevented a taxi she was in from leaving his house.[141] Charges from the incident were later dismissed on May 25, 2007, after Marshall completed anger management counseling.[142]

In the early morning of October 22, 2007, Marshall was arrested in the Denver-Aurora metropolitan area at the intersection of 14th and Blake St. for driving under the influence of alcohol.[143] A trial was scheduled for September 16, but Marshall instead agreed to a plea bargain four days earlier; he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of driving while ability impaired.[144] He was sentenced to one-year probation and 24 hours of community service.

On June 12, 2008, Marshall was ticketed for an illegal lane change, then found to be without his license and proof of insurance.[145] The case was eventually dropped as part of a plea bargain for the October 22, 2007 driving incident involving alcohol.[144]

A September 17, 2008 article on stated that the solicitor's office in Fulton County, Georgia filed misdemeanor battery charges on September 10 for an alleged incident on March 4, 2008, in Atlanta, Georgia. Marshall was booked on March 6, then released the next day after posting a $1,000 cash bond.[146] The case was assigned to Judge John Mather in Georgia state court.[147] On August 14, 2009, a jury in Atlanta found Marshall not guilty.[148]

On March 1, 2009, Marshall was arrested in Atlanta for disorderly conduct after allegedly being involved in a fight with his fiancée, Michi Nogami-Campbell. Marshall was released on a $300 bond.[149] The charges were dropped the following day.[150]

On April 23, 2011, Marshall was stabbed near his stomach by his wife, Michi Nogami-Marshall. He was taken to a hospital and was released two days later. He has since made a full recovery.[151][152]

It was later revealed by police that Marshall's wife did make a brief 911 call, but it only described an unspecified emergency and no mention of a stabbing ever took place. She was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and is free on $7,500 bail.

On early Sunday, March 11, 2012, two days before his trade to the Bears, Marshall was accused of hitting a woman in the face at a New York club and being involved in a melee. The New York Post stated that Marshall, his wife and some friends were at Marquee when a brawl ensued, and Marshall punched the woman below her left eye, although he may have been attempting to hit the woman's friends.[153] The investigation later ended after a lack of evidence of Marshall's role in the incident.[154]


Awards and honors

NFL records and milestones

  • First to have a 1,000 receiving yard season with four different teams (Denver, Miami, Chicago and NYJ)
  • Most seasons with 100+ receptions (6)
  • Most receptions in an NFL game (21)[3]
  • Third-most receptions in an NFL game (18)[45]
  • Most receptions spanning five games in NFL history (55)[6]
  • First player in NFL history to have at least 10 receptions in four out of five games[6][46] (now tied with Calvin Johnson)
  • First player since 1960 to record eight career games of at least 10 receptions in his first four seasons[61]
  • Fifth player in NFL history (first Broncos player; one of six total) to have at least 100 receptions in three straight seasons[4]
  • Ninth player in NFL history (second Broncos player) to have at least 100 receptions in back-to-back seasons (2007 and 2008)[54]
  • Caught 102 passes in 2007(second-career NFL season), becoming only the third second-year player in NFL history to have at least 100 receptions in a season[31]

New York Jets franchise records

  • Most receptions in a single season: 109 (2015)[155]
  • Most receiving yards in a single season: 1,502 (2015) [155]
  • Most receiving touchdowns in a single season: 14 (2015) (Tied with Don Maynard and Art Powell)[155]

Chicago Bears franchise records

As of 2019's NFL off-season, Brandon Marshall held at least 6 Bears franchise records, including:

  • Most receptions in a single season: 118 (2012)[156]
  • Most receiving yards in a single season: 1,508 (2012) [156]
  • Most Rec Yds/Game (career): 78.3
  • Most Rec Yds/Game (season): 94.3 (2012)
  • Most 100+ yard receiving games (season): 7 (2012; tied with Harlon Hill and Jeff Graham)
  • Most 1000+ receiving yard seasons: 2 (one of five players)

Pro Bowl records

  • Most receiving touchdowns in single game (4)


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2005 Hawaii Bowl

The 2005 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl matched the UCF Golden Knights against the Nevada Wolf Pack. The fourth edition of the Hawaii Bowl was held in Honolulu, Hawaii, and featured WAC champions Nevada versus Conference USA runner-up UCF. The game was sponsored by Sheraton Hotels and Resorts and was played on Christmas Eve.

UCF was one of the nation's best stories of the season. They had gone 0–11 the previous season, and after starting the 2005 season 0–2, were riding a 17-game losing streak. They then accomplished one of the biggest turnarounds in NCAA Division I-A history, as they won eight of their next nine games to make to reach the C-USA championship game. With a 7–1 conference record (8–3 overall), UCF lost to Tulsa to fall to 8–4. They were invited to the Hawaii Bowl, the program's first ever bowl appearance.

Nevada finished as Co-WAC Champions, winning seven out of their last eight games. Their only loss during that stretch was to Boise State. This was the Wolf Pack's first bowl appearance since the 1996 Las Vegas Bowl.

The game turned into a high-scoring shootout, with Nevada alone racking up 623 yards of offense. UCF running back Kevin Smith rushed for 202 yards and three touchdowns, while wide receiver Brandon Marshall caught 11 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns. Trailing late in the game by ten points, UCF rallied to tie the score 42–42 and force overtime. Nevada scored a touchdown and extra point on their first overtime possession to take a 7-point lead. UCF scored a touchdown, but kicker Matt Prater missed the extra point, sealing the victory for Nevada.

2005 UCF Golden Knights football team

The 2005 UCF Golden Knights football team represented the University of Central Florida in the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season. Their head coach was George O'Leary, in his second season with the team. It was their first year in Conference USA, in the East Division.

After going 0–11 in 2004, their final season in the Mid-American Conference, and O'Leary's first season as head coach, many did not expect much from UCF in its first C-USA season. After losing their first two non-conference games, the Golden Knights broke the nation's longest losing streak at the time, 17 games, by defeating Marshall for their first C-USA victory. From there, UCF would stun the conference by going 7–1 in-conference to win the East Division and host the first C-USA Championship, which they lost, 44–27, to Tulsa.

The Golden Knights also earned their first bowl invitation, going to the Hawaii Bowl against Nevada, the Western Athletic Conference co-champions. UCF fought the Wolf Pack hard and pushed the game to overtime, before a missed PAT lost the game for UCF, 49–48. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall was named co-MVP of the game.

2006 UCF Golden Knights football team

The 2006 UCF Golden Knights football team represented the University of Central Florida in the 2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Their head coach was George O'Leary, in his third season with the team. They played in Conference USA, in the East Division.

After a surprise showing in 2005, where they went 7–1 in C-USA and 8–3 in the regular season overall, UCF suffered a bit of a letdown, going 4–8 in 2006 under the new 12-game regular season schedule, and 3–5 in-conference. Their sole non-conference win came against I-AA Villanova. Part of the problem was the transition from a pass-dominated offense led by graduated wide receiver Brandon Marshall to a run-dominated offense led by sophomore running back Kevin Smith.

2006 was the final season that UCF would play at the aging Citrus Bowl. Already under construction was a new 45,000-seat on-campus stadium, which would open in time for the 2007 season. It would also be the final year that UCF would play under the "Golden Knights" nickname. They would drop "Golden" before the 2007 season, becoming simply the UCF Knights, and would soon unveil an updated logo.

One of the highlights of the season was a last-second, nationally televised victory at Marshall on October 4. UCF kicker Michael Torres kicked a go-ahead field goal with eight seconds left, but removed his helmet on the field of play, suffering an excessive celebration penalty. Despite the tense moment, the UCF special teams was able to hold off on the ensuing kickoff. The Golden Knights upset Marshall on the night they celebrated the release of the film We Are Marshall, with the film's star Matthew McConaughey in attendance.

2007 Denver Broncos season

The 2007 Denver Broncos season was the 48th season for the team in the National Football League. A loss to the Houston Texans in Week 15 and a win by the San Diego Chargers the following Sunday knocked them out of playoff contention, marking the second year in a row they failed to make the playoffs. The Broncos' 7–9 record was the worst since 1999, their last losing season (when they went 6–10).

2009 Denver Broncos season

The 2009 Denver Broncos season was their 40th season in the NFL and 50th season overall. The Broncos started 6–0, but lost 8 of their next 10 games after coming off bye week. They matched their 8–8 regular season record from 2008 and missed the playoffs for the fourth straight season. The Broncos welcomed many new defensive players signed during free agency, including veteran Eagles safety Brian Dawkins. This was their first season without head coach Mike Shanahan since 1995, as he was fired on December 30, 2008. On January 12, 2009, Denver hired former New England Patriots' offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as their new head coach. At the time of his hiring, McDaniels was the youngest head coach in any of the four major North American professional sports and the fifth-youngest NFL head coach ever, though less than a week later the Tampa Bay Buccaneers named the even-younger Raheem Morris as their head coach.

According to the 2012 Football Outsiders Almanac, the 2009 Broncos had the second-largest improvement in defensive efficiency from the previous season.

2009 NFL season

The 2009 NFL season was the 90th season in the history of the National Football League (NFL).

The preseason started with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game on August 9, 2009, and the regular season began September 10. The season ended with Super Bowl XLIV, the league's championship game, on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium with the New Orleans Saints defeating the Indianapolis Colts 31–17. in Miami Gardens, Florida.The Colts and Saints began the season 14–0 and 13–0 respectively. This was the first time in NFL history two teams won their first thirteen games.

2010 Miami Dolphins season

The 2010 Miami Dolphins season was the franchise's 41st season in the National Football League, the 45th overall and the third under head coach Tony Sparano. The Dolphins failed to improve upon their 7–9 record in 2009, and placed in third in the AFC East that year.

2012 Chicago Bears season

The 2012 Chicago Bears season was the franchise's 93rd season in the National Football League, as well as the ninth under head coach Lovie Smith. The team played at Soldier Field for the tenth season since its reconstruction in 2001.

The Bears entered the 2012 season looking to improve on their 8–8 record in 2011. They acquired wide receiver Brandon Marshall from the Miami Dolphins, who had played with Bears Quarterback, Jay Cutler with the Denver Broncos from 2006–2008. The Bears were expected to be a wild card team by ten ESPN experts, and four analysts predicted that the team would finish second in the NFC North. By the season's midpoint, the Bears had proven to be among the league's elite teams, having a record of 7–1 in their first 8 games, something they had not accomplished since their 2006 Super Bowl season, along with a scoring differential of +120, which led the league. The team trailed the San Francisco 49ers in scoring defense with 15 points per game allowed, and third in scoring offense with 29.5, trailing the New England Patriots and Houston Texans. The defense also recorded six interceptions returned for touchdowns in the first seven games of the season, an NFL record; the Bears then recorded two more in the season, one shy of the record set by the 1961 San Diego Chargers. However, during the second half of the season, the Bears went 3–5, and after scoring 19 touchdowns in the first eight games, the Bears scored ten fewer in the second half of the season. Despite defeating the Detroit Lions in the season finale to have a record of 10–6, the Minnesota Vikings, who had a better division record than Chicago, defeated the Green Bay Packers 37–34, ending the Bears season. As a result, the Bears became the first team since the 1996 Washington Redskins to start the season 7–1 and miss the playoffs. On December 31, Smith was fired, and was replaced by Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman.The Bears finished the season by leading the NFL in takeaways with 44, sixth in third-down efficiency (35.5 percent) and eighth in sacks with 41, while ranking third in the league in fewest points allowed with 277; Chicago was the lone team in the top five in that category to not qualify for the playoffs. The Bears also had a +20 turnover margin, second behind the New England Patriots; the Bears and New York Giants were the only teams in the top eleven of the category to not make the playoffs.This would be the last winning season for the Bears until 2018.

2012 Pro Bowl

The 2012 Pro Bowl was the National Football League's all-star game for the 2011 season. It took place at 2:00 pm local time on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The AFC defeated the NFC, 59–41.The 59 points scored by the AFC team were a Pro Bowl record, and the combined 100 total points was second in the series' history to only the 2004 Pro Bowl. Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall was named the game's Most Valuable Player after catching four touchdown passes, breaking the record for touchdown receptions in a Pro Bowl which was set by Jimmy Smith in 2004.The AFC team was coached by Gary Kubiak of the Houston Texans while Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy led the NFC all-stars. The referee for the game was Walt Coleman.

2013 Chicago Bears season

The 2013 Chicago Bears season was the franchise's 94th season in the National Football League. The season was the first year under head coach Marc Trestman, as Lovie Smith was fired on December 31, 2012. The team played at Soldier Field for the 11th season since its reconstruction in 2001. The Bears failed to qualify for the playoffs with an 8–8 record, the sixth time in seven years since the Super Bowl XLI loss in 2006.The Bears started the regular season by winning their first three games before losing in weeks four and five to the Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints, respectively. The following game after winning against the New York Giants, quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a groin injury against the Washington Redskins, as the Bears entered the bye week at 4–3. With Cutler out, Josh McCown stepped in against the Green Bay Packers in week nine, leading the Bears to victory. Cutler returned in the next game against the Lions, but injured his ankle in the loss, and McCown filled in for the next four games; during the four-game span under McCown, the Bears went 2–2, while McCown excelled, throwing thirteen touchdowns and one interception. As a result, when Cutler returned in week fourteen against the Cleveland Browns, controversy arose over who should be the starter. After winning against Cleveland, the Lions lost the following day, allowing the Bears to clinch the NFC North in week sixteen with Packers and Lions losses grouped with a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. However, the Bears lost 54–11 against the Eagles, and in week seventeen against the Packers, the Bears were eliminated from playoff contention with a 33–28 loss.

2015 New York Jets season

The 2015 New York Jets season was the franchise's 46th season in the National Football League and the 56th overall. The team improved on their 4-12 record in 2014 under former head Coach Rex Ryan. Under new head coach Todd Bowles, they succeeded in matching their record in just five games, starting 4-1. Prior to the season, the Jets made a number of moves, including, re-acquiring Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, two cornerbacks who were instrumental in the Jets previous defensive success, and obtaining Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brandon Marshall in trades. The team retrogressed to 5–5, before going on a five-game winning streak, clinching their first winning season since 2010. However, it wasn't enough to make the playoffs, as they lost to the Buffalo Bills in Week 17 and the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Cleveland Browns. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Jets both finished 10–6, but the Steelers clinched the final AFC playoff spot over the Jets based on a better record vs. common opponents. The Jets finished the season as the league's only team with a winning record to not make the playoffs.

Air Academy Federal Credit Union

Air Academy Federal Credit Union is a credit union in Colorado, United States. AAFCU provides comprehensive financial products and services, and online financial management systems. AAFCU has eight branch locations. It has over $565 million US in assets and over 47,000 members worldwide.In 2017, it dropped National Football League player Brandon Marshall, linebacker for the Denver Broncos, as a spokesperson because he kneeled during the playing of the national anthem on September 25, 2017.

Brandon Marshall (linebacker)

Brandon Markeith Marshall (born September 10, 1989) is an American football linebacker for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round (142nd overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft, out of the University of Nevada, Reno.

Hawaii Bowl

The Hawaiʻi Bowl (currently known as the SoFi Hawai'i Bowl for sponsorship reasons) is a college football bowl game that has been played annually at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, since 2002. The bowl is one of eleven post-season contests run by ESPN Events.

Typically played on or near Christmas Eve, it features a team from the Mountain West playing an opponent from Conference USA or the Pac-12. For practical reasons, the Mountain West tie-in is automatically awarded to the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors if it is bowl-eligible, and was not selected to play in a New Year's Six (or previously BCS) bowl game. This means that the team does not have to travel to the mainland for a bowl game unless it is of significant importance. As a result of this practice, the Rainbow Warriors have made the most appearances in the game, at eight. The Mountain West tie-in was held by the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) until 2012, when the WAC ceased sponsoring college football, and Hawaii moved to the Mountain West.

Jay Cutler

Jay Christopher Cutler (born April 29, 1983) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for 12 seasons, primarily with the Chicago Bears. He played college football at Vanderbilt and was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft, for whom he played for three seasons. In 2009, he was traded to the Bears, where he played for eight seasons. After being released by Chicago in 2017, Cutler initially retired to become a sportscaster for NFL on Fox's television broadcasts, but returned for one more season with the Miami Dolphins when quarterback Ryan Tannehill suffered a season-ending injury. He retired a second time following the 2017 season.

List of Chicago Bears team records

The Chicago Bears are a National Football League (NFL) franchise based in Chicago. This article lists all the individual and team statistical records complied since the franchise's birth in 1920.

List of UCF Knights football seasons

The UCF Knights college football team competes as part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, representing the University of Central Florida in the American Athletic Conference. Since the program's first season in 1979 under Don Jonas, the Knights have played over 465 regular-season games, earning 256 official victories. UCF has won six division championships (2005, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2017, 2018), six conference championships (2007, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018), and has made ten postseason appearances since joining FBS, including three BCS/NY6 bowl games. The Knights also claim a National Championship for the 2017 season, as recognized by the Colley Matrix. The Knights current head coach is Josh Heupel. The Knights have played their home games at Spectrum Stadium located on the main campus of UCF in Orlando, Florida since 2007.

UCF began as a Division III program, and subsequently completed their ascension to Division I-A, now known as the Division I Football Subdivision (FBS), in 1996. As a Division I–AA program, the Knights made the 1990 and 1993 playoffs.After George O'Leary took over the program, the Knights gained national prominence as members of C-USA and later the AAC. O'Leary guided UCF to their first division title (2005), first conference championship (2007), first bowl game (2005), first bowl victory (2010), first appearance/victory in a New Year's Six game (2014), first national rankings,, and numerous other milestones and superlatives.

The Knights' main rivals are the South Florida Bulls; other historic rivals include East Carolina and Marshall. UCF has played one Consensus All-American, Kevin Smith in 2007, and produced three Heisman Trophy candidates, Daunte Culpepper in 1998, Kevin Smith in 2007, and McKenzie Milton in 2017 and 2018. The program has also produced a long-line of NFL players. Playing in fourteen Super Bowls and including four pro-bowlers, the list most notably includes Blake Bortles, Brandon Marshall, Bruce Miller, Daunte Culpepper, Matt Prater, Asante Samuel, and Josh Sitton.

List of University of Central Florida alumni

The University of Central Florida (UCF) is a metropolitan public research and space-grant university located on a 1,415-acre (5.73 km2) main campus in Orlando, Florida, United States. UCF is a member institution of the State University System of Florida and is the largest university in the United States in terms of undergraduate enrollment. It was founded in 1963 as Florida Technological University with the goal of providing highly trained personnel to support the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Florida's Space Coast. After the university's academic scope expanded in the mid and late 1970s to encompass a wider variety of disciplines, the school was renamed The University of Central Florida in 1978. Initial enrollment in 1968 was 1,948 students; as of 2014, the university has 59,770 students from more than 140 countries, all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Since the university's first graduating class in 1970, UCF has awarded more than 250,000 degrees, including 45,000 graduate and professional degrees, to over 200,000 alumni.UCF alumni have made research contributions to optics, modeling and simulation, digital media, engineering and computer science, business administration, education and hospitality management. Among the most notable are Gene Frantz('71), inventor of the Texas Instruments Speak and Spell, and father of digital signal processing. Numerous graduates have gained notoriety in the fields of law, government, and public policy, with alumni including a Prime Minister, a Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, a United States Assistant Secretary of State, a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of the Treasury, a Director of the National Reconnaissance Office, and a Director of the Secret Service; in addition to numerous members of the Florida Cabinet, Florida House of Representatives and Florida Senate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronauts, and numerous officers in the armed forces through a unique partnership between the university and the U.S. military. Alumni have also achieved success as executives in major organizations and Fortune 500 companies, such as Boeing, Busch Entertainment Corporation, Darden Restaurants, Ericsson, Google, NASCAR, the Orlando Magic and Texas Rangers, Sun Sports and Fox Sports Florida, Raymond James Financial, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and Yahoo!

UCF graduates have also made notable contributions in the entertainment industry, including Cheryl Hines, widely known for her role as Cheryl David on the HBO television series Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Daniel Tosh, host of Tosh.0 on Comedy Central. In addition, The Blair Witch Project, which is considered one of the most successful independent films produced, was filmed by UCF students and directed by alumni Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez. As a major competitor in college athletics, UCF has had many notable student athletes, coaches, and staff members, such as National Football League (NFL) players Daunte Culpepper, Kevin Smith, Bruce Miller, Brandon Marshall, and Blake Bortles; National Basketball Association (NBA) starting guard Jermaine Taylor; NASCAR driver Aric Almirola; and woman's soccer player and Olympic gold medalist Michelle Akers. As of 2013, more than 70 UCF alumni compete in professional sports, such as basketball, football, baseball, golf, soccer, and auto racing.

Todd Davis (American football)

Todd Davis (born May 17, 1992) is an American football linebacker for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Sacramento State University and attended Paraclete High School in Lancaster, California. He has also been a member of the New Orleans Saints.

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