Brandon Marshall will host a new show focusing on mental health in sports

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Brandon Marshall has become one of the NFL’s pioneers as it relates to shattering the stigma regarding mental health. The next step for him will include hosting a new show that addresses the issue of mental health in sports.

Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk Productions is developing The Toughest Opponent, a talk show that will be hosted by Marshall.

“A decade ago, I spoke publicly for the first time about my borderline personality disorder diagnosis,” Marshall said earlier this month, via Deadline.com. “Now, I am sharing the mic. I have vowed to make it my life’s purpose to remove the stigma of mental health in sports. I cannot be more excited to partner with Red Table Talk Productions to amplify the powerful truths of my fellow athletes. Mental health is part of the human condition, and athletes shouldn’t be expected to check their humanity at the door. The Toughest Opponent is a place where they will never have to.”

More and more athletes have embraced the issue of mental health. Most understand that the people who play the games we watch are human beings, who deal with the same problems that the rest of us encounter. The higher profile and the pressure and the scrutiny and the warped reality of social media only makes it harder. Marshall is at the forefront of those trying to make it a little easier.

4 responses to “Brandon Marshall will host a new show focusing on mental health in sports

  1. Marshall was a great WR and now he is stepping up to remove the inaccurate stigmas attached with mental health conditions. That’s terrific!

  2. This is a great idea and an even greater opportunity. It took a lot of guts for Marshall to speak about his issues while he was still in the league, and it takes a lot of guts for anyone to open up about mental health issues publicly. Respect to Jada Pinkett Smith for encouraging these discussions too, her show with her mother and her daughter feels like the _only_ real talk show I’ve ever seen.

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