‘Brandon Marshall: A Football Life’ Premieres Friday, September 19 at 9:00 PM ET
“I say football is my platform, not my purpose. How can I use my platform to fulfill my purpose? I want people to say that he fulfilled his purpose.” – Brandon Marshall
The journey of Chicago Bears Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall is one of the NFL’s great turnaround stories. During his first seasons in the NFL with the Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins, the mercurial Marshall achieved immense on-field success, yet struggled with uncontrollable emotional outbursts and off-field issues. Yet through his diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder, Marshall has been able to couple his success on the football field with a determination and passion to make an impact in his community.
The fourth season of the three-time Emmy-nominated series A Football Life continues Friday, September 19 at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network with Brandon Marshall: A Football Life. The one-hour, NFL Films-produced documentary features sitdown interviews with Marshall and those who know him well, including his wife Michi Nogami-Marshall, his mother Diane Marshall, teammate Jay Cutler, and more.
Additionally, Brandon Marshall: A Football Life includes footage of Marshall attending a neighborhood block party in Pittsburgh, PA and a Mental Health Awareness motorcycle ride; speaking at the Adler School of Professional Psychology; and exclusive video of Marshall while at McLean Hospital in May of 2011.
Among the topics discussed in the documentary are:
- His relationship with Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in Chicago and Denver
- His off-field issues in Denver and Miami
- His time at McLean Hospital in May of 2011, being diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and the work he is doing in the mental health field
- Reuniting with Jay Cutler in Chicago
- Signing his contract extension with the Bears on The View
Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.
Brandon Marshall: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:
Michi Nogami-Marshall – Brandon’s wife
Diane Marshall – Brandon’s mother
Jay Cutler – Bears & Broncos teammate
Matt Forte – Bears teammate
Martellus Bennett – Bears teammate
Mike Shanahan – Former Broncos head coach
Tony Sparano – Former Dolphins head coach
Ricky Williams – Dolphins teammate
Davone Bess – Dolphins teammate
Dr. John Gunderson – Professor of Psychiatry, McLean Hospital
Kennard McGuire – Brandon’s agent
DJ McCarthy – Brandon’s position coach at the University of Central Florida
Provided below are some select quotes from Brandon Marshall: A Football Life:
– “Football is easy; I’ve done this since I was a baby. To me, that’s not success. Success to me is being a world changer…I say football is my platform, not my purpose. How can I use my platform to fulfill my purpose? I want people to say that he fulfilled his purpose.” – Brandon Marshall
– “I think he is definitely headed in the right direction, but unfortunately there are still people out there who remember Brandon Marshall years 1-4, and that is tough to overcome. But I think if anybody can do it, he can do it.” – Jay Cutler
– “His having done it is a wonderful thing for the field, for all of mental illness but particularly for Borderline Personality Disorder which is amongst the most stigmatized of mental illnesses. He’s changing that picture every time he speaks about it.” – Dr. John Gunderson
– “His nickname is the ‘Beast.’ They can’t tackle him.” – Matt Forte
– “For as great a guy as he could be and as charming as he could be, and as intelligent as he was, there were certain times where a switch would just flip and you were like, ‘I don’t know this guy.’” – Jay Cutler on Brandon Marshall in Denver
– “It’s one thing to see yourself going across the ticker…But to take someone else down, that’s another. I really can’t even explain that pain.” – Brandon Marshall
– “I defended him a long time, and then at one point I came out in the media and I said, ‘He’s got to figure it out, he has to grow up. Enough is enough.’” – Jay Cutler on his time with Brandon Marshall in Denver
– “It wasn’t like he was being distant to be mean – it was he was being distant but he was hurting. So I wanted to help, I wanted to be there and I wanted to, not fix it, but I just wanted to understand it and help him understand it.” – Michi Nogami-Marshall on Brandon Marshall in Denver
To view the trailer for Brandon Marshall: A Football Life, visit:
This season, A Football Life airs Friday at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network. Below is the broadcast schedule for the September and October episodes:
- September 26 – Sean Taylor
- October 3 – Warren Moon
- October 10 – Eric Dickerson
- October 17 – Doug Flutie
- October 24 – Terrell Davis
- October 31 – Ricky Williams
Additionally, every episode of A Football Life – as well as all NFL Network programming – is streamed live on NFL Mobile from Verizon, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Episodes of A Football Life are also available on NFL Now, the League’s next-generation video service providing fans access to the largest digital library of NFL video anywhere. Fans can select their favorite NFL teams and players and NFL Now dynamically personalizes each fan’s viewing experience. Visit NFL.com/now for more information.
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