Good Morning, Broncos fans! Over the years, we've directed a robust share of criticism toward well-traveled former Denver wideout Brandon Marshall.
But Brandon's willingness to candidly discuss his own problems, and his outspoken support for those suffering mental illness, have been quite commendable.
Marshall spoke earlier in the week about the mess in Miami, and his comments stand out as some of the most well-considered from any current or former players.
Look at it from this standpoint:
Take a little boy and a little girl. A little boy falls down and the first thing we say as parents is ‘Get up, shake it off. You’ll be OK. Don’t cry.’
A little girl falls down, what do we say? ‘It’s going to be OK.’
We validate their feelings. So right there from that moment, we’re teaching our men to mask their feelings, to not show their emotions.
And it’s that times 100 with football players. You can’t show that you're hurt, can’t show any pain. So for a guy to come into the locker room and he shows a little vulnerability, that’s a problem.
That’s what I mean by the culture of the NFL. And that’s what we have to change.
So what’s going on in Miami goes on in every locker room. But it’s time for us to start talking. Maybe have some group sessions where guys sit down and maybe talk about what’s going on off the field or what’s going on in the building and not mask everything. Because the (longer) it goes untreated, the worse it gets.
Beautifully put, BMarsh.
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