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Brandon Marshall is an elite NFL football player that has played at the professional level since being drafted in 2006 by the Denver Broncos. At 6'5 and plus 230 pounds playing wide receiver you can see why tackling him might be a challenge, he's The Beast! He's also one of only 6 NFL players to ever catch at least 100 passes in three straight seasons! It was unfortunate for the New York Giants to lose Brandon Marshall, and Odell Beckham Jr, both to season ending injuries in the same game! The game on October 8th, week 5 of the season against the LA Chargers was pretty much death for the team with no receiving core! Still shout out to the Giants, injuries in football happen unfortunately.
This isn't about football though it's bigger than that! This is about how this young man used his own story to shine light on the stigma of mental illness. I have watched his story on NFL TV a couple times, and it made me appreciate him more as a man, and not just as a football player. His struggle with mental illness is real as any, but he let the world in! He showed us that with help, we can overcome the biggest of hurdles! Sometimes you look at people and have no clue what they're struggling with.
It's when people like Brandon Marshall step up and speak up that more people take notice! You really have to watch the documentary I'm talking about, it's just so powerful how real he is. His actions have changed so much of the perception that people have in regards to mental illness.
With his organization Project 375, the mission is, "To unlock human potential through conversation, education, and inspiration." How can that not be a good thing, especially coming from someone who has been humbled by his humility. It takes a strong person to address mental illness openly as Brandon did. So for an NFL player I can only imagine that would be 10 times more stressful having everything wide open!
So with the organization Project 375 Brandon is making a major impact on communities everywhere by helping more people realize that mental illness can look perfectly healthy! Shout out to one of my favorite football players, and great guy Brandon Marshall! Check out his organization project375.org, it's definitely worth the 2 seconds of your time!
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Unless you've been living under a rock for the past couple of years, you should know who Colin Kaepernick is. Just in case you don't, I'll briefly catch you up to speed with current times.
Colin Kaepernick is a monster athlete to say the least! His college football stats are ridiculous, and he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 2011. He first started off in the NFL as a backup quarterback to Alex Smith. Halfway through the 2012 season Colin Kaepernick was named the teams starting quarterback for the remainder of the 2012 season. Kaepernick then went on to lead his 49ers team to their first Superbowl appearance since 1994! The following year Kaepernick helped get the 49ers to the NFC Championship Game, so close to another Superbowl appearance.
After 2016 though, Colin Kaepernick couldn't even get a job anywhere within the NFL. There are way less qualified quarterbacks in the NFL, this man has taken a team to the Superbowl, but he still can't get a job with one team?
All because he chose to stand-up for the social injustices being committed against African Americans at the hands of the police. Colin Kaepernick peaceful took a knee during the national anthem, and his livelihood was stripped from him in an instant.
It was really a teachable moment though. The actions of every single NFL team owner that didn't give Kaepernick a job, shows there are systemic issues within an organization as big as the NFL.
Despite not having a job, Colin Kaepernick pledged to donate one million dollars PLUS all the proceeds of his jersey sales from the 2016 season to organizations working in oppressed communities. Colin Kaepernick donated 100k a month for ten months. Kaepernick is now raising major money again helping communities everywhere! This time around, it's all the famous people from Dr. Dre to Alicia Keys joining in and matching his pledges!
This is GQ citizen of the year for 2017, check out his twitter he's most active there.This is Black History of current times! @Kaepernick7
You guys are doing an excellent job at being strong leaders and role models!