Brandon Marshall’s rise to stardom in Denver is an unlikely tale. For much of his career, fans and media alike have confused him with former Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall (surprise), who is now a member of the NY Jets. Whether it was angry fantasy football players berating him for poor outings or for tweeting during the game, Marshall has taken it all in stride.
A 2012 fifth round selection out of Nevada, Marshall came to the Broncos as a practice squad player, working his way to the active roster, only to become one of the best players on the team. Brandon has had many titles in his NFL career — rookie, cut player, practice squad player, starter and now he can add a new title to his biography, Good Guy.
Today the Broncos have named Marshall the recipient of the 'Darrent Williams Good Guy Award'. Marshall will be the ninth recipient of the award since its creation and will be presented with it on Friday. He talked about what it means to be presented with the team honor.
“To me, it means a lot," Marshall said. "I was raised on integrity. For all of my peers to see me as this person and say, ‘Okay, he’s a really great person.’ My mom did a [heck] of a job in raising me. I know she’ll be proud of this because she’ll know that she raised her boy in a way that people look up to him and a way that people respect him. It means a lot to me in that regard because I know that I’ve done a good job in trying to become the best man that I can be. I’m not perfect, nobody is, but still striving to be a great person each day.”
The award was created in memory of former Broncos cornerback, Darrent Williams, who passed away on January 1st, 2007, after completing his second season with the team. The award is given annually to the Bronco who best exemplifies Williams’ enthusiasm, cooperation and honesty while dealing with members of the press.
The Broncos have a slew of players on the roster who exemplify the above traits, but it is the high-energy and always positive Brandon Marshall, the quarterback of the defense and a fan favorite, who stood out.
“Brandon was named for his candor, his reliability as well as the way he conducted himself in the daily interactions between those who cover the team and the coaches, players and team officials with the team,” said Jeff Legwold, president of the Pro Football Writers of America and Broncos beat writer for ESPN.com. “Marshall was consistently lauded for the respect he showed to both those in the media as well as to the process of day-to-day coverage of the Broncos. He is a more than worthy winner of the Darrent Williams Good Guy Award.”
The seven previous recipients of the Darrent Williams Good Guy Award are Terrance Knighton (2014), Chris Harris, Jr. (2013), Wesley Woodyard (2012), Champ Bailey (2011), Mario Haggan (2010), Elvis Dumervil (2009), Ebenezer Ekuban (2008) and John Lynch (2007).
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