In 2016, All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall had a revelation. He had done a study with Harvard about wealthy former athletes and celebrities whose business and philanthropic ventures were in line with those of Marshall's.
But something about Magic Johnson -- the second-richest NBA player of all time with a 2019 net worth of $600 million -- and the career choices he made just didn't quite add up to Marshall.
"I was like, 'Why is this guy doing television when he is worth over half a billion dollars?' " Marshall said (via Troy Machir of Sporting News). "What stood out to me was that it was another platform for him to do things with the HIV community, to raise awareness of his cause, and that's what I want to do. Football is going to be over soon and I need another platform."
In 2020, Marshall has found another platform, along with Showtime's "Inside the NFL," through which he can share his thoughts.
"First Things First," a sports talk show on FOX Sports 1, will feature the six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver every Monday, according to an announcement from the show's official Twitter page.
Marshall responded to the announcement with a tweet filled with heart emojis.
“I’m a very competitive person,” Marshall said (via Tony Maglio of The Wrap). “Joining FS1 gives me the space and opportunity to continue to compete at a high level with a great team — just in a different venue. I’m excited to work with such amazing men and women to continue to develop and also talk about one of the closest things to my heart: sports.”
Emmanuel Acho and Shannon Sharpe are two of the many other former NFL players who are now personalities on the FOX Sports network.
Marshall is likely to use his new platform to speak about not only sports, but also mental health awareness, something he has been passionate about throughout his entire career. He co-founded Project 375 -- now Project 100 during the COVID-19 crisis -- in an effort to treat mental health and promote awareness and education on the topic. He also worked with Logic, Glenn Close and others in a joint effort with the University of Michigan in 2018 that brought awareness to mental health through music.
While in the NFL, Marshall spent time with the Broncos, the Dolphins, the Bears, the Jets, the Giants and the Seahawks.