Marshall To Make Donation For Every Tackle, Picks Up New Sponsor

DENVER (CBS4) – Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall says he’ll make a donation for every tackle he completes this season. He also picked up a new sponsor after losing two in the last week.

“In the last week, I’ve had a lot of productive conversations with people I respect, including Chief (Robert) White of the Denver Police Department,” Marshall posted on his Instagram page. “I really appreciate all of them taking the time to listen to me and offer some insight and feedback on ways we can all make a difference.”

On Thursday, Sept. 8, I took a knee for the National Anthem to take a stand against social injustice. My intent was not to offend anyone but rather to simply raise awareness and create some dialogue toward affecting positive change in our communities. In the last week, I’ve had a lot of productive conversations with people I respect, including Chief White of the Denver Police Department. I really appreciate all of them taking the time to listen to me and offer some insight and feedback on ways we can all make a difference. I’ve also had a lot of time to personally reflect on important issues such as race and gender equality, the treatment of our military veterans, our relationship with law enforcement, educational opportunities for our youth, and many more. I recognize and applaud the significant progress that has been made in these areas made possible only through the hard work of so many dedicated leaders. But, it’s clear there is so much more work to be done by all of us. Together, we all need to Stand Up for change. This starts with me. My work with the Rose Andom Center to stop domestic violence is fulfilling and close to my heart. But I need to do more. I plan to be involved with several other organizations that benefit the Denver community and others through the services, awareness and funds they provide for these critical social issues. And I will donate 300 dollars for every tackle I make this season to those programs. You can track these contributions on social media through #TackleChange. I’m truly grateful for the support I’ve received from so many people, especially my teammates. I look forward to preparing with them and focusing on an important game Sunday against the Colts.

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Marshall is one of several NFL athletes who has been criticized for taking a knee during the national anthem before games.

Yesterday, Brandon met with Chief White, who said they had a “great conversation.”

“I recognize and applaud the significant progress that has been made in these areas made possible only through the hard work of so many dedicated leaders,” Marshall posted today. “But, it’s clear there is more work to be done by all of us. Together, we all need to Stand Up for change. That starts with me.”

Linebacker Brandon Marshall of the Denver Broncos takes a knee during the national anthem. The Denver Broncos hosted the Carolina Panthers on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Linebacker Brandon Marshall of the Denver Broncos takes a knee during the national anthem. The Denver Broncos hosted the Carolina Panthers on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Brandon says you can track his progress, and where the donations are going to, with the #TackleChange hashtag.

Both Air Academy Federal Credit Union and CenturyLink dropped Marshall as a sponsor after the controversy.

On Tuesday Marshall picked up a new endorsement. Music producer and entrepreneur Russell Simmons offered Marshall a deal with his company Rushcard.

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