I know the departure of Brandon Marshall has been discussed to death on this site both before and after the fact. I love this site for the excitement generates for my Broncos as well as the great technical discussions that make football more enjoyable to watch. But basically, I am an exclusively emotional fan who roots with his heart first and foremost.
My wife can attest to this with a story about me screaming at Brandon Stokely to GOOOOOO in that week one miracle while holding our six month old daughter, causing her to burst into tears (Oops). Don't think she'll ever hand me a small child again with the Broncos playing, that's for sure. I don't care about anything negative you had to say about Brandon Marshall, he was number 15 and I was always pulling for him. I'll still be pulling for him with the Phish, but obviously it will be harder now.
I was always excited about Brandon Marshall, probably mostly for the exciting plays he was involved in (some would say created) when we REALLY needed a play. But his on and off the field problems made him even more endearing to me. A lot of people would say that guy is a prima donna or a cancer on the lockerroom or a suspension waiting to happen. But that storyline always read to me like a guy who was really trying to get it right. I think its fair to say he was even making great progress in the right direction. I will remember that game in Indy where he tossed the football to the lady wearing his jersey (with an assist from a nice Colts fan). You can call it a PR stunt if you want, but the man knew what he was supposed to be doing to change his image, and he was doing it. Of course, then he didn't report to the training room for his hamstring for week 17, and that was it. But even after the final blowup, he was saying and doing all the right things. Might come off as ingenuine to some, but he was trying. I hope he gets the new start he needs to finally exorcise the demons of the Darrent Williams tragedy, and whatever else he's dealing with. I just always find it impossible not to look at his negatives without seeing the upside, real or imagined.