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         By Robert Sims


Table of Contents
Brandon Marshall .......... 1-5
 Denver Broncos 2006 ... 5-7
  Denver Broncos 2007 .. 7-9
Denver Broncos2008 ... 9-16
 Cross Word Puzzzle ....... 16


Brandon Marshall (born March 23, 1984),
nicknamed "The Beast is an American football
wide receiver for the Denver Broncos of the
National Football League. He was selected by the
Broncos out of the University of Central Florida,
with the 119th overall pick in the fourth round of
the 2006 NFL Draft

Marshall is known for his ability to break and
dodge tackles. He led all NFL wide receivers in
yards after first contact for the 2007 NFL season
 Regarding Marshall's breakaway ability, Kansas
City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers said,
"Brandon Marshall is a defensive lineman playing
wide receiver. He wants to inflict punishment on
you. He wants you to try to tackle him so he can
shove you off of him and get more yards. Oakland
Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha said
Marshall is "the toughest guy to bring down, one-

On December 13, 2009, Marshall set an NFL
record for receptions in a game with 21. He is also
only one of five players in NFL history to catch at
least 100 passes in three consecutive seasons.


                     Marshall was born in
                     Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
                     He later lived in Georgia,
                     then moved to Florida,
                     where he played high
                     school football at Lake
                     Howell High School.
                     Marshall played both
                     offense and defense, as he
                     earned All-State honors and
                     was named Seminole
                     County Utility Player of the
                     Year. He also lettered in
                     basketball and track three
                     times. As a senior, Marshall
won the Class 3A state triple jump championship,
landing a jump of 48-feet, six-and-three-quarter

Marshall played a total of 44 games (21 starts) at
wide receiver for the University of Central
Florida, collecting 112 receptions, 1,674 receiving
yards and 13 touchdowns in his collegiate career]
His best season came in 2005 as a senior. He


played in 13 games and had career highs in
receptions (74), receiving yards (1,195) and
touchdowns (11). Marshall's best career game
came in the 2005 Hawaii Bowl, where he had 11
catches for 210 yards and three touchdowns. He
was named MVP of the game. For his efforts
during the 2005 season, Marshall was selected to
the All-C-USA second team.

Marshall also started at safety for seven games
during the 2004 season due to injuries in UCF's
secondary. He made his first collegiate start at
safety on October 4, 2004, against Buffalo. He
recorded four tackles, including a half of a sack.
Marshall led his entire team in tackles (51) during
the 2004 season. He also had an interception

Denver Broncos 2006

Before the regular season even began, Marshall
suffered a slight tear to his PCL in a pre-season
game against the Detroit Lions. Although the
injury sidelined him for a couple of weeks, he was
able to return and play 15 games (1 start) during
the regular season. Marshall had a total of 20
catches, 309 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns
for his rookie year. He caught a pass in each of
the Broncos' final seven games of the season,


totaling 18 receptions, 287 receiving yards and 1
touchdown over that stretch. The lone touchdown
                               came during a NBC
                               Sunday Night
                               Football home
                               game against the
                               Seattle Seahawks
                               on December 3,
                               2006. In that game,
                               quarterback Jay
                               Cutler (who was
                               making his NFL
                               regular season
                               debut as a rookie)
                               threw a pass to
                               Marshall on the
                               right side of the
                               field. Marshall
broke and spun away from three tackles on his
way to a career-high 71-yard touchdown. It was
the second longest rookie-to-rookie pass play in
Broncos history.[5]



Marshall sustained injuries before the start of the
2007 season. He suffered a groin strain that kept
him out of Broncos quarterback camp and team
camp during May and June. He also pulled a
quadriceps femoris muscle on July 10, 2007,
during Broncos mini-camp. The injury left him
out for nearly all of training camp until Broncos
head coach Mike Shanahan ordered him to
participate for the last couple of days.]

On December 13, 2007, in a Thursday night road
loss against the Houston Texans, Marshall caught
11 passes for 107 yards. Nine of those receptions
occurred in the first half. Marshall became the
only wide receiver in Broncos history to have at
least 10 receptions in two consecutive games. On
Christmas Eve, 2007, in a Monday night road loss
to the San Diego Chargers, Marshall caught six
passes for 75 yards. The six receptions in the
game gave Marshall 92 total catches on the season
up to that point, making him only the fifth wide
receiver in NFL history (Lionel Taylor, Sterling
Sharpe, Isaac Bruce and Larry Fitzgerald are the
others) to have at least 90 receptions in their
second season. On December 30, 2007, in a


Sunday home win against the Minnesota Vikings,
Marshall caught 10 passes for 114 yards and a
touchdown. The 10 catches gave Marshall 102
total receptions for the year - his first career 100-
catch season. He became only the third second-
year player in NFL history to have at least 100
receptions in a season, joining Bruce and

During the 2007 season, Marshall posted team-
highs and career-highs in receptions (102),
receiving yards (1,325) and receiving touchdowns
(7). Marshall reached the 1,000-yard milestone
during the 13th game of the season, which was a
41-7 home win over the Kansas City Chiefs. In
the game, Marshall had 10 catches for 115 yards
and 2 touchdowns. Among all of the wide
receivers in the NFL during the season, Marshall
placed fifth in receptions (102), sixth in receiving
yards (1,325), second in yards after the catch
(505), first in yards after first contact (319), first
in number of times targeted (170) and tied for
fourth in catches that led to first downs (70).

Following the 2007 season, Marshall, Cutler and
Tony Scheffler went to Atlanta, Georgia together


to train and work on timing for the 2008


                       On March 22, 2008,
                       Marshall slipped on an
                       empty McDonald's bag
                       while wrestling with family
                       members, and subsequently,
                       fell through a television set
                       at his home in Orlando,
                       Florida - cutting his right
                       forearm.[25][26][27] According
                       to Broncos head athletic
                       trainer Steve Antonopoulos,
                       Marshall "sustained right
                       forearm lacerations to one
                       artery, one vein, one nerve,
                       two tendons and three
muscles." He was treated at a local hospital and
later released after needing a cast and several
stitches. In early April, Marshall had the cast
removed from his surgically repaired right
forearm and was in a sling until May. He was
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He later revealed that his right hand was numb
during the entire 2008 season.

Marshall officially received a three-game
suspension from the NFL on August 5, 2008, due
to his off-the-field issues.[31] He appealed the
decision and won the appeal, reducing the
punishment to a one-game suspension and a fine
of two combined game checks, which totaled

In Marshall's first game back from suspension, he
caught 18 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown,
as part of a 39-38 home victory over the San
Diego Chargers.]The 18 receptions were a
Broncos single-game record, and tied for the
second most in NFL history, trailing only Terrell
Owens, who caught 20 passes for the San
Francisco 49ers in a game during the 2000 NFL
season. Marshall's 18 receptions gave him 55 total
receptions over five games, which is an NFL
record. He is the first receiver in NFL history to
register at least 10 receptions in four out of five
games. His performance against the Chargers also
earned him AFC Offensive Player of the Week
honors for the first time in his career.

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Marshall received attention for an attempted
touchdown celebration during the Broncos' 34-30
comeback road victory over the Cleveland
Browns, as part of a Thursday Night Football
matchup on November 6, 2008.[36] With over a
minute left in the game, Marshall caught the go-
ahead touchdown pass and then began to pull a
glove from his pants. Denver wide receiver
Brandon Stokley rushed over to Marshall to urge
him to put the glove away, as it could be
considered a touchdown celebration prop, which
is against NFL rules (a 15-yard penalty on the
kickoff could be assessed) Marshall later
explained that he was intending to put on the
glove (which was white with one half of it painted
black) as a means to honor racial progress and
unity in the United States, following the country
electing Barack Obama as President.] The U.S.
presidential election came two days before the
Broncos game against the Browns. Regarding the
attempted touchdown celebration, Marshall said,
"I know at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico,
Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised that black
glove and that fist as a silent gesture of black
power and liberation. Forty years later, I wanted
to make my own statement. I wanted to make my
own statement and gesture to represent the

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progress we made. Smith and Carlos didn't
initially see Marshall's attempted gesture when it
happened live, but both said they appreciated and
understood Marshall's intent. "He wanted to make
a mark in history and feel that he was a part of the
change for the better," Smith said. "He had the
right idea in terms of what he was attempting to
do," Carlos said.]

On December 7, 2008, in the 13th game of the
season, Marshall caught 11 passes for 91 yards
and two touchdowns, as part of a 24-17 home
victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.[39] The 91
yards gave him over 1,000 receiving yards for the
second consecutive season.[5] Marshall had his
second career multi-touchdown game as well; the
first also occurred in a home victory over the
Chiefs in the 13th game of the prior season. That
game was also where Marshall eclipsed 1,000
receiving yards for a season for the first time in
his career.

Marshall finished the season ranked third among
NFL wide receivers in receptions (104), seventh
in receiving yards (1,265), fifth in receiving yards
per game (84.3), seventh in yards after the catch
(419), third in catches that led to first downs (65)

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and first in number of times targeted for the
second consecutive season (181). The 104 catches
were a career-high for Marshall and also made
him only the ninth player in NFL history (second
Broncos player) to have at least 100 receptions in
back-to-back seasons.[41] He finished first in fan
voting for AFC wide receivers in the 2009 Pro
Bowl.[42] He received 18 more votes than Randy
Moss to proclaim the top spot. Four wide
receivers are chosen to play in the game. Fan
voting accounts for one-third of the total voting
(players and coaches account for the other two-
thirds). He was officially picked to play in his first
Pro Bowl when selections were announced on
                         December 16, 2008.
                         Marshall was chosen as a


                         Marshall had hip surgery
                         on March 31, 2009, to
                         repair an aggravated hip
                         that bothered him during
                         the 2008 season.[44] He
                         returned in time for
                         training camp in late-July;

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however, he didn't always fully commit to
practicing. This led the Broncos to suspend him
for the last two games of the preseason (he didn't
play in the first two preseason contests) for
conduct detrimental to the team.

In a 26-6 Thanksgiving home victory over the
New York Giants, Marshall recorded six catches
(including two one-handed grabs) for 86 yards.[46]
His performance earned him the Pudding Pie
Award, which is given to the game's MVP by the
NFL Network.

On December 13, 2009, Marshall set an NFL
record for receptions in a game with 21, as part of
a 28-16 road loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He
broke Terrell Owens' record of 20 catches, which
occurred during the 2000 NFL season. Regarding
Marshall breaking his record, Owens said, "No
more deserving of a guy than he is. He's just been
a hard worker....I wish him well. He's going to
have a great career." Marshall became the first
player since 1960 to record eight career games of
at least 10 catches in his first four seasons.[48]
During the game against the Colts, he also had
200 receiving yards and two touchdown
receptions. His 200 receiving yards were a career

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high. Marshall's performance earned him AFC
Offensive Player of the Week honors for the
second time in his career.

On December 27, 2009, in a 30-27 road loss to the
Philadelphia Eagles, Marshall caught his 100th
pass of the season. He became only the fifth
player in NFL history (first Broncos player) to do
so in three consecutive seasons; the other four are
Jerry Rice, Herman Moore, Marvin Harrison and
Wes Welker. Marshall was named to his second
consecutive Pro Bowl when rosters were
announced on December 29.

Marshall was benched for the team's final regular
season game by head coach Josh McDaniels for
failing to arrive at a physical therapy session on
time. The Broncos lost the regular season finale in
Denver, 44-24, to the Kansas City Chiefs on January 3,
2010. They missed the playoffs for the fourth straight
year. Marshall ended the season tied for third among
NFL wide receivers in catches (101), tied for seventh in
receiving touchdowns (10), seventh in yards after the
catch (527) and fifth in number of times targeted (154).

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                    2                       “I feel like I'm the
               3                            best, but you're
                                            not going to get
                                            me to say that.”
                                            --Jerry Rice

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     2. BRONCOS QB           1. Next Season
     4. Favorite Player      3. Broncos WR
     6. CITY                 5. Northern Football Conference
     7. McDaniel             8. American Football Conference
     10. STATE               9. Favorite Team
     11. The League Name
     12. Super bowls

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