Last week, Brandon Marshall joined his college teammate Colin Kaepernick in his protest for social injustice by taking a knee during the national anthem prior to the Denver Broncos game Thursday (Sept. 8). Yesterday (Sept. 14), Marshall took to Instagram to announce he would be donating $300 per tackle during the upcoming season. The contributions of the #TackleChallenge will be going to Denver community organizations to address “critical social issues.”
On Tuesday (Sept. 13), Marshall met with a chief in the Denver Police Department to discuss the ways the linebacker could work with police to improve their community relations. The 27-year-old and his teammates will be participating in a “shoot-don’t shoot” simulator to see the real life situations that officers face daily.
If Marshall continues on his 100+ tackle pace from last season, the #TackleChallenge will donate over $30,000. The Las Vegas native spoke to The Denver Post, stating, “That’s part of the end game, but that’s only one part of it. I’m going to continue to think of different things and continue to come up with different solutions.”
Marshall told the Post that after his meeting with Chief White, he now has “a better understanding of what they go through and the different trials and tests that it [takes] to be a police officer. And he kind of got my side of it, as well, so I think it was a good meeting.”
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.