Controversy has managed to find wide receiver Brandon Marshall at each of the five stops he has made in his NFL career. Now on IR for the New York Giants following season-ending ankle surgery, the 33-year-old hopes to use his experiences to help the recently suspended Eli Apple.
“I have compassion for him,” Marshall said. “He’s a phenomenal athlete, he’s a good person, he’s just going through some things. So, with the proper approach and the right people around him, he can get his career back on track because the last thing you want is to be, is labeled. I’ve been labeled my entire career and you can’t shake it, no matter where you go. They say, ‘I’m going to give you a clean slate.’ The media will embrace you, the fans will embrace you, but as soon as anything comes up that looks anything like something of the past, it’s thrown right back in your face. ... he has some work to do and I think that he can get his career back on track because he’s a great kid.”
Marshall said he would like to play two more years.
“I think I’m two great years away from and I’ll say it, I want to be a Hall of Famer and I think I got two great years to go to be mentioned with some of the greats,” Marshall said. “I’m not just playing this game just to be a guy, I want to be remembered for the product that I put out on the field. So these last few years have been tough, last year with the Jets, this year with the Giants, but I’m hopeful that the next couple years for me will be some amazing years and some of my best work.”
Marshall knows his career might have to continue elsewhere.
“You know how it is, you get to the plus side of 30, a production slip, you get injured, the business side of it, history says that you’re going to get cut or they are going to ask you to take a pay cut. That’s the business side of it, that’s history. So I’m prepared for that,” he said.
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