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Brandon Marshall
Marshall with the Denver Broncos.
No. 15, 14
Wide Receiver
Personal information
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)Weight: 232 lb (105 kg)
Career information
College: UCF
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 4 / Pick: 120
Debuted in 2006 for the Denver Broncos
Career history

Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards

  • 6x Pro Bowl selection (2008, 2009, 2011-2013, 2015)
  • 2x All-Pro selection (2012, 2015)
  • 2x AFC Offensive Player of the Week - Week 2 (2008), Week 14 (2009)
  • Most receptions in a game in NFL history (21)
  • 2012 Pro Bowl MVP
  • PFF All pro(2007, 2013)
  • 2005 Hawaii Bowl MVP
  • Second-team All-C-USA (2005)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2012
Receptions 970
Receiving yards 12,351
Receiving TDs 83
Stats at

Brandon Marshall (born March 23, 1984), nicknamed "The Beast,"[1][2][3][4] is a former American football wide receiver of the National Football League. He was selected by the Denver Broncos out of the University of Central Florida, with the 119th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. Marshall had also played for the Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears and New York Jets.[5]

Marshall is known for his ability to break and dodge tackles.[6] He led all NFL wide receivers in yards after first contact for the 2007 NFL season.[5] Regarding Marshall's breakaway ability, Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers said, "Brandon Marshall is a defensive lineman playing wide receiver. He wants to inflict punishment on you. He wants you to try to tackle him so he can shove you off of him and get more yards."[6] Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha said Marshall is "the toughest guy to bring down, one-on-one."[7]

On December 13, 2009, Marshall set an NFL record for receptions in a game with 21.[8] He is also one of only five players in NFL history to catch at least 100 passes in three consecutive seasons.[9]

On April 14, 2010, Marshall was traded from the Denver Broncos to the Miami Dolphins for a second round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft and a second round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.[10]

Early life[]

Marshall was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[5] He later lived in Georgia, then moved to Florida, where he played high school football at Lake Howell High School.[11] Marshall played both offense and defense, as he earned All-State honors and was named Seminole County Utility Player of the Year. He also lettered in basketball and track three times. As a senior, Marshall won the Class 3A state triple jump championship, landing a jump of 48-feet, six-and-three-quarter inches.[5]

College career[]

Marshall played a total of 44 games (21 starts) at wide receiver for the University of Central Florida, wearing the number 6. He collected 112 receptions, 1,674 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns in his collegiate career.[5] His best season came in 2005 as a senior. He played in 13 games and had career highs in receptions (74), receiving yards (1,195) and touchdowns (11). Marshall's best career game came in the 2005 Hawaii Bowl, where he had 11 catches for 210 yards and three touchdowns.[12] He was named MVP of the game. For his efforts during the 2005 season, Marshall was selected to the All-C-USA second team.[5]

Marshall also started at safety for seven games during the 2004 season due to injuries in UCF's secondary. He made his first collegiate start at safety on October 4, 2004, against Buffalo.[13] He recorded four tackles, including a half of a sack. Marshall led his entire team in tackles (51) during the 2004 season. He also had an interception and a forced fumble. [13]

Professional career[]

2006 NFL Draft[]

The Denver Broncos selected Marshall with the 119th overall selection in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft.[5]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-4⅜ * 229 lb * 4.52 * 1.60 * 2.71 * 4.31 ** 6.96 ** 37 in. * 10'0" * X * X
(* represents NFL Combine, ** represents Central Florida Pro Day)[14]

Denver Broncos[]


Before the regular season even began, Marshall suffered a slight tear to his PCL in a pre-season game against the Detroit Lions.[15] Although the injury sidelined him for a couple of weeks, he was able to return and play 15 games (1 start) during the regular season. Marshall had a total of 20 catches, 309 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns for his rookie year. He caught a pass in each of the Broncos' final seven games of the season, totaling 18 receptions, 287 receiving yards and 1 touchdown over that stretch.[5] The lone touchdown came during a NBC Sunday Night Football home game against the Seattle Seahawks on December 3, 2006. In that game, Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler (who was making his NFL regular season debut as a rookie) threw a pass to Marshall on the right side of the field. Marshall broke and spun away from three tackles on his way to a career-long 71-yard touchdown. It was the second longest rookie-to-rookie pass play in Broncos history.[5]


Marshall sustained injuries before the start of the 2007 season. He suffered a groin strain that kept him out of Broncos quarterback camp and team camp during May and June. He also pulled a quadriceps femoris muscle on July 10, 2007, during Broncos mini-camp.[16] The injury left him out for nearly all of training camp until Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan ordered him to participate for the last couple of days.[17]

On December 13, 2007, in a Thursday night road loss against the Houston Texans, Marshall caught 11 passes for 107 yards.[18] Nine of those receptions occurred in the first half. Marshall became the only wide receiver in Broncos history to have at least 10 receptions in two consecutive games.[19] On Christmas Eve, 2007, in a Monday night road loss to the San Diego Chargers, Marshall caught six passes for 75 yards.[20] The six receptions in the game gave Marshall 92 total catches on the season up to that point, making him only the fifth wide receiver in NFL history (Lionel Taylor, Sterling Sharpe, Isaac Bruce and Larry Fitzgerald are the others) to have at least 90 receptions in their second season.[21] On December 30, 2007, in a Sunday home win against the Minnesota Vikings, Marshall caught 10 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown.[22] The 10 catches gave Marshall 102 total receptions for the year - his first career 100-catch season. He became only the third second-year player in NFL history to have at least 100 receptions in a season, joining Bruce and Fitzgerald.[22]

During the 2007 season, Marshall posted team-highs and career-highs in receptions (102), receiving yards (1,325) and receiving touchdowns (7).[5] Marshall reached the 1,000-yard milestone during the 13th game of the season, which was a 41-7 home win over the Kansas City Chiefs. In the game, Marshall had 10 catches for 115 yards and 2 touchdowns.[23] Among all of the wide receivers in the NFL during the season, Marshall placed fifth in receptions (102), sixth in receiving yards (1,325), second in yards after the catch (505), first in yards after first contact (319), first in number of times targeted (170) and tied for fourth in catches that led to first downs (70).[5][24]

Following the 2007 season, Marshall, Cutler and Tony Scheffler went to Atlanta, Georgia together to train and work on timing for the 2008 season.[25]


On March 22, 2008, Marshall slipped on an empty McDonald's bag while wrestling with family members, and subsequently, fell through a television set at his home in Orlando, Florida - cutting his right forearm.[26][27][28] According to Broncos head athletic trainer Steve Antonopulos, Marshall "sustained right forearm lacerations to one artery, one vein, one nerve, two tendons and three muscles."[28] He was treated at a local hospital and later released after needing a cast and several stitches. In early April, Marshall had the cast removed from his surgically repaired right forearm and was in a sling until May.[29] He was cleared in late-June to practice with the Broncos.[30] He later revealed that his right hand was numb during the entire 2008 season.[31]

Marshall officially received a three-game suspension from the NFL on August 5, 2008, due to his off-the-field issues.[32] He appealed the decision and won the appeal, reducing the punishment to a one-game suspension and a fine of two combined game checks, which totaled $52,353.[33]

In Marshall's first game back from suspension, he caught 18 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown, as part of a 39-38 home victory over the San Diego Chargers.[34] The 18 receptions were a Broncos single-game record, and tied for the second most in NFL history, trailing only Terrell Owens, who caught 20 passes for the San Francisco 49ers in a game during the 2000 NFL season. Marshall's 18 receptions gave him 55 total receptions over five games, which is an NFL record.[5] He is the first receiver in NFL history to register at least 10 receptions in four out of five games.[5][35] His performance against the Chargers also earned him AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career.[36]

Marshall received attention for an attempted touchdown celebration during the Broncos' 34-30 comeback road victory over the Cleveland Browns, as part of a Thursday Night Football matchup on November 6, 2008.[37] With over a minute left in the game, Marshall caught the go-ahead touchdown pass and then began to pull a glove from his pants. Denver wide receiver Brandon Stokley rushed over to Marshall to urge him to put the glove away, as it could be considered a touchdown celebration prop, which is against NFL rules (a 15-yard penalty on the kickoff could be assessed).[37] Marshall later explained that he was intending to put on the glove (which was white with one half of it painted black) as a means to honor racial progress and unity in the United States, following the country electing Barack Obama as President.[38] The U.S. presidential election came two days before the Broncos game against the Browns. Regarding the attempted touchdown celebration, Marshall said, "I know at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico, Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised that black glove and that fist as a silent gesture of black power and liberation. Forty years later, I wanted to make my own statement. I wanted to make my own statement and gesture to represent the progress we made."[38] Smith and Carlos didn't initially see Marshall's attempted gesture when it happened live, but both said they appreciated and understood Marshall's intent.[39] "He wanted to make a mark in history and feel that he was a part of the change for the better," Smith said. "He had the right idea in terms of what he was attempting to do," Carlos said.[39]

On December 7, 2008, in the 13th game of the season, Marshall caught 11 passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns, as part of a 24-17 home victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.[40] The 91 yards gave him over 1,000 receiving yards for the second consecutive season.[5] Marshall had his second career multi-touchdown game as well;[40] the first also occurred in a home victory over the Chiefs in the 13th game of the prior season. That game was also where Marshall eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards for a season for the first time in his career.[5][23]

Marshall finished the season ranked third among NFL wide receivers in receptions (104), seventh in receiving yards (1,265), fifth in receiving yards per game (84.3), seventh in yards after the catch (419), third in catches that led to first downs (65) and first in number of times targeted for the second consecutive season (181).[41] The 104 catches were a career-high for Marshall and also made him only the ninth player in NFL history (second Broncos player) to have at least 100 receptions in back-to-back seasons.[42] He finished first in fan voting for AFC wide receivers in the 2009 Pro Bowl.[43] He received 18 more votes than Randy Moss to proclaim the top spot. Four wide receivers are chosen to play in the game. Fan voting accounts for one-third of the total voting (players and coaches account for the other two-thirds). He was officially picked to play in his first Pro Bowl when selections were announced on December 16, 2008. Marshall was chosen as a starter.[44]


Marshall had hip surgery on March 31, 2009, to repair an aggravated hip that bothered him during the 2008 season.[45] He returned in time for training camp in late-July; however, he didn't always fully commit to practicing. This led the Broncos to suspend him for the last two games of the preseason (he didn't play in the first two preseason contests) for conduct detrimental to the team.[46]

In a 26-6 Thanksgiving home victory over the New York Giants, Marshall recorded six catches (including two one-handed grabs) for 86 yards.[47] His performance earned him the Pudding Pie Award, which is given to the game's MVP by the NFL Network.

On December 13, 2009, Marshall set an NFL record for receptions in a game with 21, as part of a 28-16 road loss to the Indianapolis Colts.[8] He broke Terrell Owens' record of 20 catches, which occurred during the 2000 NFL season. Regarding Marshall breaking his record, Owens said, "No more deserving of a guy than he is. He's just been a hard worker....I wish him well. He's going to have a great career."[48] Marshall became the first player since 1960 to record eight career games of at least 10 catches in his first four seasons.[49] During the game against the Colts, he also had 200 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions. His 200 receiving yards were a career high. Marshall's performance earned him AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second time in his career.[50]

On December 27, 2009, in a 30-27 road loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Marshall caught his 100th pass of the season. He became only the fifth player in NFL history (first Broncos player) to do so in three consecutive seasons; the other four are Jerry Rice, Herman Moore, Marvin Harrison and Wes Welker.[9] Marshall was named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl when rosters were announced on December 29.[51]

Marshall was benched for the team's final regular season game by head coach Josh McDaniels for failing to arrive at a physical therapy session on time.[52] The Broncos lost the regular season finale in Denver, 44-24, to the Kansas City Chiefs on January 3, 2010.[53] They missed the playoffs for the fourth straight year. Marshall ended the season tied for third among NFL wide receivers in catches (101), tied for seventh in receiving touchdowns (10), seventh in yards after the catch (527) and fifth in number of times targeted (154).[54]

During a week 15 home game against the Oakland Raiders, Marshall changed the last name on his jersey to "Henry", in honor of Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry, who had passed away due to a fatal injury three days earlier. Marshall and Henry both wore the same number, 15.

Miami Dolphins[]


On April 14, 2010, Marshall was traded from the Denver Broncos to the Miami Dolphins for a second round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft and a second round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.[10] On the same day, the Dolphins and Marshall agreed to a four-year, $47.5 million extension.[55]

[edit] Statistics[]

Receiving Stats (Regular Season)
Year Team G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD 1st Fum Fum


YAC Trgt
2006 Denver Broncos 15 1 20 309 15.5 71 2 14 1 0 110 37
2007 Denver Broncos 16 16 102 1,325 13.0 68 7 70 3 1 505 170
2008 Denver Broncos 15 15 104 1,265 12.2 47 6 65 4 3 419 181
2009 Denver Broncos 15 13 101 1,120 11.1 75T 10 56 0 0 527 154
2010 Miami Dolphins 32 327 4,019 12.3 75 25 1 8 4 1,561 542


Marshall enjoys restoring vintage automobiles.[5] He is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity (initiated into the Lambda Omega Chapter) and does charity work with them. He is involved in an ongoing effort to rebuild Larimer Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[5]

Legal trouble[]

According to Orlando-Orange County public records (case 48-2004-MM-012392-O), on Halloween 2004, while a student at UCF, Marshall was arrested in Orlando on charges of assault on a law enforcement officer, refusal to obey, disorderly conduct and resisting an officer.[56]

On January 1, 2007, Marshall was present at "The Shelter," a nightclub in Denver, Colorado, along with teammates Javon Walker and Darrent Williams. The trio was attending a birthday party held for and by Denver Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin. As the players were leaving the club in a limousine, Williams was fatally shot in the neck after an unknown assailant opened fire on the vehicle. Willie Clark was later charged with the murder.[57] Walker has stated in interviews that the shooter was likely a nightclub patron whose motive was retaliation after being involved in an altercation with Marshall's cousin earlier that night.[58]

On March 26, 2007, Marshall was arrested in the Highlands Ranch suburb of Denver on suspicion of domestic violence after his girlfriend reported that following a domestic dispute, Marshall prevented a taxi she was in from leaving his house.[59] Charges from the incident were later dismissed on May 25, 2007, after Marshall completed anger management counseling.[60]

In the early morning of October 22, 2007, Marshall was arrested in the Denver-Aurora metropolitan area at the intersection of 14th and Blake St. for driving under the influence of alcohol.[61] A trial was scheduled for September 16, but Marshall instead agreed to a plea bargain four days earlier; he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of driving while ability impaired.[62] He was sentenced to one-year probation and 24 hours of community service.

On June 12, 2008, Marshall was ticketed for an illegal lane change, then found to be without his license and proof of insurance.[63] The case was eventually dropped as part of a plea bargain for the October 22, 2007 driving incident involving alcohol.[62]

According to an article published in the Rocky Mountain News on July 28, 2008, Douglas County deputies fielded "about 11" calls to Marshall's home since January 2006. The article stated that one call resulted in Marshall being arrested (the March 26, 2007 domestic dispute), and some did not involve him at all.[64]

A September 17, 2008 article on stated that the solicitor's office in Fulton County, Georgia filed misdemeanor battery charges on September 10 for an alleged incident on March 4, 2008, in Atlanta, Georgia. Marshall was booked on March 6, then released the next day after posting a $1,000 cash bond.[65] The case was assigned to Judge John Mather in Georgia state court.[66] On August 14, 2009, a jury in Atlanta found Marshall not guilty.[67]

On March 1, 2009, Marshall was arrested in Atlanta for disorderly conduct after allegedly being involved in a fight with his fiancee, Michi Nogami-Campbell. Marshall was released on a $300 bond.[68] The charges were dropped the following day.[69]


Awards and honors[]

  • 2× Pro Bowl selection (2008, 2009)
  • 2× AFC Offensive Player of the Week - Week 2 (2008), Week 14 (2009)
  • Pudding Pie Award (2009)
  • 2005 Hawaii Bowl MVP
  • Second-team All-C-USA (2005)

Records and milestones[]

  • Most catches in an NFL game (21).[8]
  • Third-most catches in an NFL game (18).[34]
  • Most receptions spanning five games in NFL history (55).[5]
  • Only player in NFL history to have at least 10 receptions in four out of five games.[5][35]
  • First player since 1960 to record eight career games of at least 10 receptions in his first four seasons.[49]
  • One of only five players in NFL history (first Broncos player) to catch at least 100 passes in three straight seasons.[9]
  • Ninth player in NFL history (second Broncos player) to have at least 100 catches in back-to-back seasons (2007 and 2008).[42]
  • Caught 102 passes in 2007 (second-career NFL season), becoming only the third second-year player in NFL history to have at least 100 receptions in a season

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