On Thursday night, Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall wore Nike’s bright green Hypervenom Phatal to promote Mental Illness Awareness Week.
If you tune in to the NFL during the month of October, you’ll be met with a wave of pink, representing the NFL’s support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Marshall’s bright green Hypervenoms cut through a sea of pink cleats, hats, gloves, towels and ribbons and was a subtle, yet powerful way to support a cause close to home.
Early in his career, Marshall was involved in a series of legal and domestic offenses, from stealing bedsheets to an altercation with his wife. This dangerous pattern came to an end after Marshall was diagnosed with and received treatment for borderline personality disorder, or BPD. BPD is a serious mental illness which causes unstable behavior patterns with unstable or turbulent emotions.
There was speculation around the league that the higher-ups in the NFL would not allow Marshall to play in the bright green Hypervenoms. Before kick-off on Thursday, however, it was determined that Marshall would only incur a fine.
Marshall has pledged to match any NFL fine (likely for a uniform violation) to a mental health foundation, and possibly a donation to a cancer-care foundation.
He had an impressive performance on Thursday night, with two big touchdowns, nine receptions and 87 yards in the Bears’ 27-21 win at home over the struggling New York Giants.
Maybe he ought to switch to the Hypervenom for the rest of the season!
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