We never thought an athlete would choose The View to make a major career announcement, especially in the middle of the off-season.
Today, however Bears receiver Brandon Marshall brought the news to Whoopi, Sherri and company before the rest of the world: he was going to re-sign with the team for another three seasons.
— Scott Isaacs (@ScottIsaacs) May 19, 2014
There’s more to the story than that, though–and it may explain his choice of venue.
Along with this new deal came a pledge from Marshall’s nonprofit organization, which advocates for those affected by mental illness.
Nearly three years ago, Marshall revealed that he had been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and became a self-proclaimed spokesman for the cause; while announcing his new contract, he pledged to donate $1M to the advocacy foundation he created to address the condition.
3 year 30 million dollar extension. 1,000,000 million dollar pledge to The Mental health Community.… http://t.co/t5HFNZKIYl
— Machine Marshall (@BMarshall) May 19, 2014
We’re not sure whether this move “opens up an entire new realm of possibilities for offseason football announcements” as USA Today claims, but it makes strategic sense: while a majority of NFL fanatics skip The View, this appearance gave Marhsall the opportunity to focus on his own passion project; ESPN hosts almost certainly would have been less interested in that announcement.
On a side note, we wonder what it would be like to receive fan art like this:
[H/T Andrew Graham]