Performing quite well under the radar in the NFL receiver draft class, Brandon Marshall is not relenting in the pursuit of his dream of making it big in his football career.
Since 2006 when the young promising American football receiver joined the league, he strove to better his game despite encountering some hitches along his way. 2016 was one of those challenging periods for young Marshall because not only did he record constant rotation at the quarterback position, several dropped balls, and locker room controversy, but he was also released by the Jets, thereby creating $7.5 million in salary cap space. Nevertheless, he remained determined and focused. Let’s learn more about the NFL professional player.
Brandon Marshall Biography
Born as Brandon Tyrone Marshall, on March 23, 1984, in the beautiful city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Georgia, Marshall was raised by his parents in Florida where he also began his academic career at the at Lake Howell High School. At the high school, little Marshall took part in the school’s three sports activities – basketball, track and field, and of course, football where he played both defense and offense and earned for himself, several accolades including the All-State honours. Additionally, he was named Seminole County Utility Player of the Year and earned several other accolades for being a top competitor in the long and high jumps.
Moving to the University of Central Florida for his college career, Marshall never relented in his effort to make a difference with the UCF Knights football team. Although he started his freshman season with a limited role, his scorecard became better every season. He started with 2 receptions for 18 yards and a single touchdown but finished his college career with a total of 112 receptions for 1,674 receiving yards, and 13 touchdowns. Marshall also had his best college career in 2005 when he made 11 catches for 210 yards and 3 touchdowns in the year’s Hawaii Bowl.
Brandon Marshall joined the NFL team in 2006. The Denver Broncos selected him as the 119th overall selection in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He, however, featured in only 15 games of the regular season due to an injury. Marshall returned at the end of the 2007 season in a game against the Minnesota Vikings and was able to catch 10 passes for 114 yards with a touchdown.
In 2010, Marshall was traded to the Miami Dolphins and with the team, he signed a four-year, $47.5 million extension. However, he only played two seasons with the Dolphins before he was traded to the Chicago Bears. Before leaving the Dolphins, he was able to set a Pro Bowl record after catching 6 passes for 176 yards and 4 touchdowns.
The Bears traded Marshall to the New York Jets on March 10, 2015, after finishing the 2014 season with 61 receptions for 721 yards and 8 touchdowns. He then finished the season with 109 receptions for 1,502 yards and 14 touchdowns – making over 100 yards between week 2 and week 5. He joined the New York Giants on September 10, 2017, after signing a two-year, $12 million deal. The Giants released him in April 2018 following the end of 2017 season with a total of 18 catches for 154 yards and zero touchdowns.
Marshall moved to the Seattle Seahawks shortly after the 2017 season and played six games with them before he was yet again released. He signed with the New Orleans Saints on the 12th of November 2018 and was released by the Saints exactly one month after.
Injury and Career Stats
Injuries are often one of the key factors that bring down great players like Brandon Marshall. Fondly called “The Beast” in the NFL, Brandon Marshall has, on different occasions, had his football career disrupted by injuries. Since his NFL career began, he has suffered over six different injuries and this has affected his receiving stats to a large extent. He sustained his first injury on August 11, 2006, when he was carted away for having a Knee PCL Sprain Grade 2, also known as “slight tear”. This made him miss the preseason and the season’s Week 1. On October 17, 2008, he was reported with Inguinal Groin Strain Grade 2. On March 31, 2009, he had Inguinal Hip Strain. Marshall also left the 2010 game in the second quarter of the Week 11 after sustaining thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1. On September 14, 2014, he was also reported with a pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 while on November 1, 2015, he had pedal Toe Sprain. On September 15, 2016, and October 8, 2017, he was reported to have Knee MCL Sprain Grade 2 and Pedal Ankle (high) Sprain Grade 3 respectively.
Despite all the injuries, Marshall is still topping his games. He is, in fact, still referred to as the toughest defensive football wide receiver. His NFL career stats (2006-2018) shows he has 970 total receptions, 12351 receiving yards and 83 touchdowns.
With a total of $17.5M as net worth, Brandon Marshall has done well with the several lucrative football deals which he sealed with different NFL teams. He was among Forbe’s 2014 list for the highest paid athletes. Marshall also has $7 million as his salary cap for 2018. The football wide receiver has a mansion in Florida which he bought for $4.15 million but as at November 2018, he listed it for sale at $4.749 million.
Family – Wife
Brandon Marshall is a married man. His wife’s name is Michi Nogami. He proposed to her in 2009 while they were both in Hawaii for the 2009 Pro Bowl. The two then settled down as husband and wife a year after.
Marshall and his wife Nogami have been arrested on different occasions for being involved in domestic violence. The two has made the headlines for stabbing and hitting each other while engaging in a fight. Nevertheless, they still remain a couple with their two adorable children.