Brandon Marshall has delivered stump speeches for more than a few issues involving himself. On Wednesday he went to the Halas Hall podium in part to lobby for fellow wideout Alshon Jeffery to represent the Bears in this season’s Pro Bowl.
“Everybody out there, you need to go vote for Alshon Jeffery, Pro Bowl,” Marshall said. “It’d be a shame if he was not in the Pro Bowl.”
As things stand right now, however, Jeffery is looking at a shame rather than a Pro Bowl.
Marshall stands No. 6 among wide receivers in fan balloting, behind Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green, Demaryius Thomas, Dez Bryant and Wes Welker.
But Jeffery is nowhere in the fans’ top 10, which also includes DeSean Jackson, Andre Johnson, Jordy Nelson and Eric Decker.
This despite Jeffery having more receptions (80) than all but Andre Johnson (99), Marshall (90), Green (87), Calvin Johnson (81) and Bryant (81). And only Calvin (1,449) and Andre (1,295) and Green (1,268) among the top 10 have more receiving yards than Jeffery (1,265).
That would surprise Marshall.
“I remember last year, we sat down and talked about goals at the beginning of the season and his goal was to make the Pro Bowl as a rookie,” Marshall said. “Some guys would look at that, and probably the older guys would look at that kid like, ‘you’re ridiculous.’
“I looked at it and I said, ‘Hey I’ve got that same attitude.’ You’ve got to dream big. If you don’t believe in yourself, nobody will.’ I respected him a lot for that. That just says a lot about the guy he is.”
Fan voting concludes Dec. 26 and counts one-third toward determining the Pro Bowl players.