Jets receiver Brandon Marshall is continuing his campaign for credit as one of the NFL’s top wide receivers.
After saying earlier this week that he wishes reporters would point out how often he beats double coverage, Marshall appeared on Stephen A. Smith’s radio show to complain that he should be recognized as one of the best receivers in football.
“I definitely think I’m one of the best out there,” Marshall said. “I take pride in my work. I don’t look at it as, my approach is not one of I’m going out there to be the best wide receiver and run great routes, I look at it as my life’s work. Football doesn’t define me, but it’s a part of a bigger picture. And it’s my craft, it’s art to me. And when I go out there I just try my best to not only be the No. 1 receiver on my team, but being the No. 1 receiver in the league. And to be totally honest and transparent, it pisses me off that no one recognizes that. And it’s OK because all you can do is put your head down and work, and when you get your opportunities it will happen.”
I’m not sure why Marshall thinks no one recognizes his talents. He’s been to five Pro Bowls. He gets plenty of recognition. The issue is less that people don’t recognize how good Marshall is than that Marshall seems to be motivated by convincing himself that he gets no respect. It seems to work for him.