Why Brandon Marshall's Passion and Craziness Is Good for the NFL

Thomas GaliciaFeatured Columnist IVOctober 14, 2011

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 12: Reciever Brandon Marshall#19 of the Miami Dolphins stiff arms Linebacker Dane Fletcher #51 of the New England Patriots at Sun Life Stadium on September 12, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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"My goal is to get thrown out midway through the second quarter.I'm serious. They want to fine me, it'll probably be like a $50,000 fine. But I'm going to play. That quarter and half I'm out there, I'm going to play like a monster."

-Brandon Marshall

Why any sane football player would want that is beyond me. But that's Brandon Marshall's now infamous statement about this Monday's Dolphins-Jets game. 

That statement has added electricity to what looks to be an otherwise forgettable game between two teams that could very well be the bottom two in the AFC East by year's end (granted with how the Pats and Bills have played as of late, third place in the AFC East could simply mean 9-7). 

The New York Jets are seven-point favorites at home on Monday, yet are going through a state of flux. Losers of three in a row, the Jets now face a must-win game against the woeful Dolphins, who will be starting Matt Moore. 

Taking a look at that matchup, your only reasons for watching this game is if you're a Jets fan or own the Jets defense in your fantasy league (notice how I didn't mention Dolphins fans; I doubt they'd want to watch this game, especially since it cuts into better programming habits on Mondays, including the hilarious 2 Broke Girls starring the very attractive and equally funny and acerbic, Kat Dennings)

But now you have a reason to watch: Will Brandon Marshall live up to his promise of getting kicked out? Will this be a plan of his

"I might get in a fight with Bart Scott. (Antonio) Cromartie, we pretty much matured our relationship and grew a little bit. We used to fight in Denver and San Diego. If that happens, it happens, so we'll see."



Odds are, Marshall won't do this. While he'll likely produce yards and catches, he won't go looking for trouble. 

But he has your attention, which to me is a good thing. 

I'm a professional wrestling fan and part of the reason is because of the characters. And I was never into the Hulk Hogan or John Cena "Eat your vitamins and say your prayers, Hustle, Loyalty, Respect" types, but more drawn to the likes of the Macho Man Randy Savage. 

Savage, who passed away earlier this year, was known for cutting promos (wrestling terminology for monologues) that seemed out of this world and crazy. One of his more famous ones pertained to going to the "Danger Zone:"

"I've been in the Danger Zone east of the Pacific Ocean, West of London, England, South of Mars, and North of Hell, yeah!"

-Macho Man Randy Savage

Brandon Marshall appears to be headed to the "Danger Zone" and no, that's not a slight meant to poke fun of his Borderline Personality Disorder. Playing on a team with no hope for this season that has turned their fans against them will do that to someone. 

But while Miami fans turn their back on the 'Phins, Brandon Marshall has the ability to grab their attention. The hope is that this is benign pro wrestling schtick, which right now it seems like, to make an otherwise terrible season both tolerable and entertaining. 


Just as long as he keeps this off the field and at the press conference podium, as Dolphins fans we should be happy to have Brandon Marshall. 


Unless of course someone offers a First and Third Round pick for him. 

The NFL should also be happy to have him around. Currently Brett Favre is still mowing his lawn, T.O. is unemployed, and Ochocinco is muzzled. While the games themselves have been entertaining, the personalities haven't been as much. And while many NFL fans lament personalities like this, well to quote Tony Montana:

"You need people like me. You need people like me so you can point your [sic]freakin' fingers and say, 'That's the bad guy.'"

For the last few years it's been Favre, Vick, T.O. and Ocho. 

Now, it's Marshall's turn.