Bears receiver Brandon Marshall comes home tonight to face the Steelers at Heinz Field. Marshall hopes that a win will help propel him for the first time in his eight-year career to a place where the Steelers have been far more often than not.
“I’m in college in my doom room,” Marshall explains in an interview with Bob Costas that will air on Sunday’s edition of NBC’s Football Night in America. “I’ve got a Steelers blanket on watching a playoff game — the Steelers vs. the Broncos, and I’m cheering for the Steelers. A few months later I’m drafted by the Broncos . . . and I still cheer for the Steelers. When I’m out of the playoffs, which is always right now, I’m cheering for the Steelers because they bring so much joy to the city.”
Marshall’s objective for tonight is to bring some sadness to the city by sending the Steelers to 0-3.
It won’t be easy. The last time Chicago went to Pittsburgh in December 2005, the Steelers had been left for dead after a loss to the Bengals. And the Steelers won. And kept winning, through and including (and beyond) that game Marshall watched while wrapped in his Steelers blanket.