The television show the View on ABC has five women sitting at a table discussing current issues, and news items ranging from; social and political issues, to tabloid headlines, and celebrity news, but rarely do they talk about sports. Well, this past Monday was one of those rare times, because Chicago Bears Wide Receiver, Brandon Marshall, appeared on the show to sign his new contract extension.
The deal is for three more years for $30 million, of which, Marshall said that he will donate one million to help mental health care. Back in 2011, Marshall said that he had been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. He’s donated money before last year, on October 10th, he played wearing a pair of bright green Nike cleats in support of Mental Illness Awareness week. He vowed to donate the same amount of money in fines by the NFL to awareness, and that total amounted to around $5,250.
Marshall could have asked for more money, or waited until his current contract ran out. However, it wasn’t about that, “I would love to be the highest paid receiver in the league,” he said. “I think every guy should work toward that. But we’re able to have guys like Jermon Bushrod. We’re able to have Matt Forte, and Martelluis Bennett. We have these guys that mean so much to our offense and the success of our team. It’s one of those things that you really have to sit back and ask yourself, what is it really about. That was the biggest thing through negotiations.”
Marshall was traded from the Miami Dolphins to the Bears on March 13, 2012 for one third round draft pick in 2012, and a future one in 2013. The trade reunited him with former teammate Jay Cutler, who played on the Denver Broncos with him. He says that trade was career saving, and it especially saved his chance at securing a positive legacy.
He hopes to get the Bears another Super Bowl title, and he says the city deserves it. He thinks the team is really primed for it. Who knows if it will come true, or not.