Brandon Marshall's life, in short

March 23, 1984


Tyrone Marshall

is born in Pittsburgh to 21-year-old Freddie Marshall and 19-year-old Diane Bolden, Freddie's high school sweetheart.


April 24, 1987

While serving a work-release jail sentence after a conviction for smashing a woman in the face with a beer bottle, Freddie marries Diane.

Nov. 20, 1987

Diane is granted a protection order against Freddie. Records indicate it is the first of three she will file against her husband. In total, the women in Freddie's life are granted protection orders at least six times.


April 17, 1990

Freddie files for divorce, but Brandon's parents stay together. Freddie files again on July 10, 1995.

Sept. 25, 1991

Police find 12 balloons of


and a calculator in the truck Freddie is driving. Charges are later dismissed.


In fourth grade, Brandon moves to Florida with his dad and his brother Fred Jr. His mother moves to Georgia with his sister London. (Brandon also spent some years growing up with his father in Georgia, as well as separately with his mother.



Marshall is an All-State football player at Lake Howell High School in Winter Park, Fla., near Orlando. He also letters in basketball and track.

Fall 2002

Marshall begins college at Central Florida. He preferred to go to Florida but wasn't willing to switch to safety. He says the only other school to recruit him was Connecticut.

Oct. 31, 2004

An argument with an off-duty

Florida Highway Patrol

officer gets heated at a Denny's. Marshall is arrested on misdemeanor charges, which later are dismissed. It is the first of more than a dozen encounters with authorities, most often related to incidents with the women in his life, including his wife, Michi, who also has been arrested. He is arrested for driving under the influence twice but pleads guilty to a lesser offense and gets one year of probation. In 2009, an Atlanta jury finds Marshall not guilty on battery charges involving his then-longtime girlfriend, Rasheedah Watley. Marshall does not testify. He has never been found guilty of domestic violence.

April 30, 2006

Marshall is drafted by the


in the fourth round, No. 119 overall.

Dec. 3, 2006

Marshall scores his first


touchdown on a 71-yard reception from Jay Cutler.

Jan. 24, 2007

Orlando police respond to a bowling alley parking lot where Brandon and Freddie are arguing over money. Freddie gets in his car and attempts to run Brandon over. While police are on scene, Freddie says he will "ruin (Brandon's) professional football career." Brandon chooses not to press charges.

February 2009

Marshall proposes to

Michi Nogami


Dec. 13, 2009

Marshall sets an NFL record for receptions in a game with 21.

April 1, 2010

Brandon and Michi are married.

April 14, 2010

Marshall is traded to the


for two second-round picks.

February 2011

Brandon and Michi devote their lives to Christianity during a retreat.

July 31, 2011

Marshall announces he suffers from borderline personality disorder. With the help of the NFL, he begins treatment at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts.

March 13

Marshall is traded to the


for two third-round picks. The Bears take on the remaining $28.1 million on his contract.


During the Bears' organized team activities, Marshall is officially reunited with Cutler.

Aug. 9

Marshall and the Bears open their preseason against the Broncos at Soldier Field.


Tribune reporting, court and police records.