NFL Player Wears Green Cleats for Mental Health Awareness Despite Fine

Brandon Marshall had a point to make.

By Jamilah King Oct 11, 2013

The NFL is notoriously strict with its uniform policy, regularly fining players thousands of dollars for wearing their socks too low or trying to alter their league-sanctioned gear. But Chicago Bears Wide Reciever Brandon Marshall, 29, wore green cleats in support of Mental Health Awareness Week despite knowing that his actions would lead to a big fine from the league. Marshall has waged his own public battle with mental illness and promised to match any fine the league throws his way and make a donation to a mental health foundation.

And he had a monster, 2-touchdown game in his team’s win over the New York Giants.