Response to Brandon Marshall

By: Jesse Kurtz
By: Jesse Kurtz

Brandon Marshall's problems will follow if not dealt with head on.

Recently Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall expressed his wish to be traded on his blog.  He wants a new contract because he feels like he's underpaid.  In a letter to Broncos Fans, Marshall explains his decision:

     To whom it may concern.  Life is filled with change, and where I am in my life now change is probably best. It’s hard leaving an   organization ran by one of the best owners in all of sports, and someone who’s been there for me through my ups and downs.  The hardest thing was hearing Mr. B wish me luck in the future, but we both came to the conclusion that  this is probably the best thing for me to grow on and off the field.

    I thank the Denver fans who embraced my emotion and play on the field and showing me love every time I step outside my door.

I have crafted a response to Brandon in a return letter:

Dear Brandon,

So you think your underpaid?  You're right!  You're one of the top receivers in the NFL and should be paid as such.  However, your issue isn't the man who catches 100 balls/year.  Your issue isn't the million-dollar smile under the helmet.  Your problem is the guy you see in the mirror when you leave Invesco Field.

The NFL is a business.  Owners have an obligation to not only field a winning football team, but to project a positive image.  On the field, you demonstrate all that is good.  Hard work, determination and a fun human spirit.  All that kids should not only admire, but imitate.  I have always admired your tenacity and willingness to play hard until a whistle is blown.  You NEVER give up on a play, even when things look bleak.  So what happens when you leave the field?  You're giving up on the Broncos when things get tough?  The very team that according to you has "been been there for me through my ups and downs."  You owe this this team, the city and state another season of hard work and great play to repay this debt.

That debt has forced the Broncos to re-evaluate your worth as an asset.  I don't blame them one bit.  Your off-the-field issues are well documented and have created a good amount of doubt in our minds.  Some of the accusations may not be true, however, in life, perception is reality.  You are seen as a trouble maker.  A man who disrespects women.  The only way to rehabilitate this image is to prove for an extended length of time that you are a model citizen.

Sure...  You can run.  You can leave Denver, get paid and live the good life in another city.  But running from a problem never solves the issue.  In fact, the dark cloud will just hover over your head until the issue is put to bed.  You've never been one to run from contact on the field.  For once, tackle it head-on in life.  Play for the Broncos next season, keep your life clean, and you'll be paid.  Not only in millions of dollars, but in love from Broncos fans.  You can be an asset to the Broncos and the community.  Just Prove It!



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  • by Tim Location: C-Springs on Dec 7, 2010 at 08:40 PM
    Okay, so how much of this is a giant pantload now that we found out McDaniels morals and character is just as questionable?
  • by Linda Location: Colorado Springs on Aug 31, 2009 at 09:37 PM
    Let him go with Cutler. They are cut from the same cloth.
  • by DON Location: co spgs on Jun 30, 2009 at 08:40 AM
    get rid of this dirt bag and all his baggage. he needs to go out and play football and catch the ball. people like this are nothing but a distraction and to have a COMPLETE team you don't need players like this.
  • by wayne Location: pueblo on Jun 20, 2009 at 10:05 AM
    Jesse is right on. If Marshall wants to be paid like a SUPER STAR he needs to act like one, on and off the field all the time. Marshall needs to remember he is being watched 100% of the time, where ever he is, or what ever he is doing...
  • by Holly Location: Falcon on Jun 19, 2009 at 09:23 AM
    Wow! Well said Jesse. Marshall is being a baby and I am ready to see him go.
  • by Larry from Colorado Location: Colorado Springs on Jun 17, 2009 at 08:42 PM
    Jesse's article is right on. Too many NFL players get paid TOO MUCH MONEY to play. What happened to the good old days of playing Professional Football for pride. Salaries are out of hand, each position should be paid a base salary(by every team), and the only way to get bonuses is to perform on the field, and they should also give bonuses for players staying out of trouble off the field. There are too many players getting into trouble off the field, what does that show are kids?
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