Brandon Marshall, after touchdown #2 during last night's W vs. New York
He wore lime green cleats for Mental Health Awareness Week (lime green = the official color. Photo via Star Tribune)
Last night, I attended the Thursday night home game at Soldier Field: the New York Giants vs. our own Chicago Bears.
The two biggest pleasant surprises of the night were:
1. My seats. My buddy GR surprised me with third row at the goaline, where it turned out my favorite Bear, Brandon Marshall scored two of his TDs (I was excited.)
2. Discovering a cause that instantly struck a chord: Brandon Marshall's support for mental health.
I had known that Marshall is diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and had earlier in the day read a story about his desire to wear lime green cleats for the game (to promote his foundation and Mental Health Awareness Week) and the NFL's initial refusal to let him. The league allowed it Thursday, but will fine him for violation of their uniform policy (ridiculous).
Knowing all this while enduring the long walk into Soldier Field, GR and I passed a pop up souvenir stand with lime green tees and a sketch of Marshall in his signature touchdown pose. Immediately connecting it to support for mental health, I made a note to come back after the game and find out more (since we just missed kickoff... smh @ Chicago traffic).
Sure enough, we enjoyed a Bears win, and two Brandon Marshall touchdowns as icing on the cake, on a crispy Chicago night. On the walk back, we stopped by the souvenir shop and talked to a rep of the Brandon Marshall Foundation and 500 Level who explained more about the shirt — a limited edition release for Mental Health Awareness Week. Let's just say I would have paid more than the $25 for the long sleeve tee I've been reppin' all day below.
When I had a free moment tonight to look more into the Foundation, I couldn't help but feel even more respect and a desire to do what I can to support. I draw parallels to Brandon through the positive spirit I see in his interviews and on social media (including a devotion to God), and reading more about what he and the Foundation are striving towards gave me the feeling of alignment to our essence of #GowhereYouLove.
So with that, much respect to Brandon Marshall and his Foundation. You can read more and support by copping a tee att thebrandonmarshall.com. And while I know there are many athletes doing great things for the community (likewise, much respect), this all came together for me personally in just the last 24 hours and I wanted to write about it and share my experience. Call it a #GowhereYouLove moment of my own!
"Reppin the new limited edition @BMarshall shirt in downtown Chi today. Google The Brandon Marshall Foundation to get yours as proceeds will benefit those suffering from mental illness. The shirt is #LimeGreen - the official color for mental health awareness. And to honor Mental Health Awareness Week this week, Marshall wore #LimeGreen shoes during last nite's W and caught 2 TDs. #Respect #Support #MentalHealth #GowhereYouLove"