Brandon Marshall has had his share of off-field problems throughout his NFL career. But he's looking at his opportunity with the Dolphins as a fresh start, and he's taking that attitude to the community.
Marshall, who was traded from Denver to Miami in April, has started the Brandon Marshall Camp 19 this offseason, which is a football camp for kids aged 6-14. He's already held two in Davie, Fla., where the Dolphins play, and in Orlando, Fla., where he went to school at the University of Central Florida. The third camp is this weekend in Pittsburgh, which is Marshall's hometown.
Marshall said in a phone interview Tuesday the camp is to teach football skills, but it's also about showing kids right from wrong.
"I didn't have anyone to look up to when I was a kid," Marshall said. "I know how important it is. This is about giving back to the community and the kids."
There were about 300 kids at the camp in Orlando, and Marshall expects about 500 kids in Pittsburgh. Marshall said he's brought in offensive and defensive line coaches to teach all the football fundamentals, and he's also gotten help from his friends.
"It's important to get some support from your peers," Marshall said.
And, despite offseason hip surgery, Marshall has got on the field to run some drills as well. He's made enough progress that's he will be ready for training camp, and he said "the fun part of the camps" is working directly with the kids.
"I'm feeling good," Marshall said. "I'm ahead of schedule with no restrictions. I feel like I'm on track."
He's on track on the field. And it appears like he's on track off the field as well.