NFL news has been flowing like crazy this week, but there has been no other day as big as today around the NFL. Who says Saturday’s are a day off from working?
Peyton Manning signed a stunning 5-year, $90 million contract with the Colts. This year’s biggest free agent, Nnamdi Asomugha, signed with Eagles. The Bears signed Marion Barber, and surprise, surprise, Albert Haynesworth isn’t quite ready to practice with the Patriots yet (Perhaps another failed conditioning test?).
In other breaking news, the Sun Sentinel reported today that former Broncos receiver and current Dolphin Brandon Marshall has been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.
After three months of treatment and therapy, psychological and neurological exams at Boston’s McLean Hospital, the training ground for Harvard University medical students, Marshall believes he’s finally at the root of his struggles.
He has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, or BPD.
“BPD is a well understood psychological disorder. It’s not a form of misbehavior,” said Mary Zanarini, a professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, who treated Marshall this summer. – Omar Kelly (Sun Sentinel)
The disorder is characterized by having trouble maintaining relationships, trouble controlling emotions, and problems with self-image.
This helps explain a lot about Marshall’s turbulent time in the NFL. He was with Darrent Williams the night that he was shot and killed in downtown Denver. The bullets that flew threw the shared limo were actually intended for Marshall rather than for Williams.
Marshall has also been involved in numerous domestic disputes with his wife that have made national headlines.
Now that Marshall has been diagnosed, treatment has focused on teaching him how to disable the negative emotions that build up inside of his head.
Marshall had a good year with the Dolphins in 2010, reeling in 86 catches for 1,014 yards and 3 touchdowns in 14 games. However, he has disclosed that off the football field, he struggled with depression.
Treatment for Marshall’s BPD would only seem to help his career. Instead of fighting the battle within, now he can focus on fighting the battle on the field.