— NFL Retweet (@NFLRT) October 11, 2013
The month of May is nationally recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month. In an October 10, 2013 win over the New York Giants, then-Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall recorded nine receptions for 87 yards and two touchdowns. However, his performance was overshadowed by the green cleats he wore to show his support for Mental Health Awareness Week. Marshall, who was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2011, looked to raise awareness and bring a spotlight to the issue of mental health with his choice of shoes. Marshall knew that wearing the green cleats would be a violation of the NFL’s uniform policy and promised to match whatever fine he received as a donation to charity. Marshall was later fined $10,500 by the league and auctioned off the cleats for $3,601 through his foundation, the Brandon Marshall Foundation. Marshall’s passion for his cause, as well as other players’ passion for various issues, led the league to allow players to wear custom cleats for the causes of their choice last season during Week 13.