Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall is featured in a new ESPN Monday Night Football promo for the 2014 NFL season.
The Chicago Tribune's Ed Sherman wrote more about the development on Aug. 25:
"ESPN is using Brandon Marshall in an effort to get viewers pumped up for the upcoming season of 'Monday Night Football.'
"The first promo shows Marshall emerging from the tunnel with pulse-pounding music getting louder as he hits the field.
"Another promo features other players such as Drew Brees and Robert Griffin III, climaxing with the Marshall scene.
"The campaign will run throughout the 2014 NFL season and feature the new tagline: 'No Other Night is Monday Night.'
"'Tunnel' features up-close, documentary-style footage of some of the NFL's top players. Throughout the season, the promos, featuring (an) NFL Films original music score in the background, will highlight the weekly match-ups of the 'Monday Night Football' schedule."
Marshall's home was officially put on the market on Aug. 22 with a $4.9 million price tag, per The Chicago Sun-Sentinel's Susannah Bryan:
"Brandon Marshall, the former Miami Dolphin who now plays for the Chicago Bears, has put his Southwest Ranches home up for sale.
"The asking price: $4.9 million.
"Perched on 2.5 acres in a private gated community, the 11,000-square-foot home has six bedrooms and 7.5 baths, a heated pool, state-of-the-art home theater, full gym, spa, basketball court, fire pit, game room and executive office.
"And let's not forget the elevator."
"A neck-and-neck competition for the Bears' backup quarterback position between Jimmy Clausen and Jordan Palmer ended Sunday when Palmer's contract was terminated.
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"A day later, coach Marc Trestman explained that while both performed at a consistent level, Clausen won the battle primarily because he's younger and has more NFL experience.
"'The competition was very close,' Trestman said. 'But at the end of the day the upside for Jimmy is his age, his experience and he came highly recommended from some people I trust in Carolina.'
"In three preseason games, Clausen has complted 24 of 37 passes for 280 yards with two touchdowns, one interception and a 94.4 percent passer rating, while Palmer has connected on 21 of 30 passes for 225 yards with 1 TD, 1 interception and an 88.9 rating.
"Clausen, who will turn 27 next month, has appeared in 13 NFL games with 10 starts -- all in 2010 during his rookie season with the Carolina Panthers. Palmer, 30, has played in four games with no starts -- all from 2008-10 with the Cincinnati Bengals. Neither has thrown a pass in a regular-season game since 2010.
"Clausen was selected by the Panthers in the second round of the 2010 draft out of Notre Dame. As a rookie, he completed 157 of 299 passes for 1,558 yards with three touchdowns, nine interceptions and a 58.4 percent passer rating while being sacked 33 times.
"Trestman was impressed with the leadership that Clausen displayed as a rookie and how he dealt with adversity.
"'He stood up tall through a lot of tough times in Carolina and gained the respect of his teammates and the team there with the way he handled himself in a very difficult year,' Trestman said. 'He went through a lot of adversity. Jimmy started out a rough go. He was put into a starting position. He was knocked all over the place, took a lot of hits, and continued to stand tall and try to help his football team win. That's only going to help him.'"