When it's the right moment, Brandon Marshall fully shares his thoughts. He speaks of the light fare like Twitter, fashion, fans. Sometimes what he says is funny. But he also waxes on the thoughtful and philosophical. Occasionally he leaves the questioner scratching his head.
Tribune reporter Jared S. Hopkins spent nearly four full days with Marshall in Florida at his home in April and talked with the 28-year-old for hours. Below are a collection of some of Marshall's quotes:
On what he'd be doing without football:
"No telling, man. As of now, where we stand today, definitely in psychology. So intrigued, and it stimulates me, just learning how the mind works and just understanding people just through my own experience. So that's my goal. I'm definitely looking to get my master's degree in psychology and incorporate that with my foundation."
Responding to the suggestion that fans don't care about only controversy, that they want to know all angles of an athlete:
"Of course. A fan wants to know what kind of underwear you wear ... Of course they want to know everything about your life."
On his dad waking him up in the middle of the night to surprise him at the University of Florida, where as a kid he aspired to attend:
"Those are the things that my dad did to create that drive, that excitement in me, that interest in me, keep it going. Those are good things my father did that helped me along the way -- I'm a 6th grader and I'm walking around campus, 4 o'clock in the morning, just dreaming, like, wow this is where I'm going to be one day."
On retired NFL star Cris Carter, whose facility Marshall trained at in college and has been linked to being a mentor:
"Honestly there ain't too much of a relationship there," he says. "I always wanna be around people that I can pick their brains but now there's just nothing. He was busy back then. I'd come down and work out and he might be at the facility once or twice in a month. So I really never built a relationship with him. The reason why I may sound a little defensive right now is because there's stories out there as far as him being my mentor or someone I go to, but that's not true basically."
Tim Tebow or Mark Sanchez?
"I'll take Sanchez."
When did he know he and Jay had a connection:
[Snaps his fingers]. "Right away ... A lot of guys don't have that feel for the game. Jay has that feel for the game. I have a feel for the game. "
On Bears/former Broncos quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates allowing Marshall and Cutler to operate freely while in Denver:
"He wouldn't even give us a play. We'll just go out there with no play, and Jay would give me a signal, I would give Jay a signal ... We just had that feel for the game where we'll come out with a game plan -- like, OK, 'They want to do this, we want to do this. This is our counter to that. This is our plan A, B and C."
Marshall, whose dad owned clothing stores and his mom owned salons, likes to look good:
"You gotta have nice shoes. You can't have on a nice outfit with some terrible shoes."
On receivers coaches:
"To be honest (when I arrived in Miami) I was like, 'You know, I need some coaching. Right now I'm coming off my natural ability. I want a coach who's played the position or played the game before, who knows and understands the receivers position. So they can take me and my world to a whole other level.' I haven't had a good coach as far as that receiving position since I've been in the NFL .... As far as technique and someone who understands the game, the last time I had a good receiving coach was DJ McCarthy in college."
On Bears receivers coach Daryl Drake:
"He's been around the position. Coached it for 30 years now, 20-something years. He's played the position. He's already helped me a ton already. So I respect coaches a lot but I haven't really had that -- a receiving coach."
On the rules he sets in interacting with fans:
"My wife is not a photographer, so I won't allow my wife to take pictures for a million fans. 'Hey here, take pictures of me and Brandon.' It's not my wife's job."
"I have to take responsibility for my actions ... In any situation you contribute to it somehow. It doesn't matter. Your wife cheated on you, I guarantee you probably contributed to it. If your wife cheated on you, the way you probably (contributed to it) is you could be working too much. You may not be good in the bed. Or you may not be putting any energy in while you're in the bed. But you contribute to it. But the only thing that I will really sit back and say, you know what, this is my fault, and I'm truly sorry for that, is the relationship with my wife, how we started things off."
Playing in Denver, he visualized living conditions of his nieces and nephews for motivation on the field:
"I'm picturing them living in the projects. I'm picturing them wearing raggedy clothes. I'm picturing them eating baloney sandwiches. "
How often does he watch baseball?
"Never. It's the worst sport to watch."
Does he play himself on Madden?
"If I play with myself I throw it to myself on like every play. ... But I'll rarely play myself. The last couple of years the Dolphins are rarely competitive on the game because we haven't won a lot of ball games."
"Everyone's purpose for Twitter is different. My purpose it to give the fans an opportunity to really see me, who I am."
Marshall eats on a prescribed diet from a nutritionist and personal trainer:
"There's nothing fun about none of this stuff. But I enjoy hard work. But I want to eat ribs, I want to eat chicken wings, hod dogs like all the time."
On dealing with anger from the night of New york club incident:
"I really want to hurt the guy who threw that bottle at my wife. But I pray. When I feel that, I pray. God, take this anger from me and pray for them. .... We pray for the girl who came out and said I hit her."Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times