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Chicago Bears WR takes fine to support mental awareness week

Marshall has been vocal in his support of mental illness awareness. (©GettyImages)
Marshall has been vocal in his support of mental illness awareness. (©GettyImages).

Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall will defy league regulations when he steps out against the New York Giants in green boots.

The NFL has been awash with pink during week six as the league supports Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Players have been wearing pink boots and gloves while officials have made use of pink flags but Marshall has decided to buck the trend and will take to the field at the MetLife Stadium in green footwear.

The decision comes as Marshall has decided to support Mental Awareness Week, having been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2011.

Regulation states that players must wear the same colour footwear as their teammates but a league source has revealed that Marshall will be permitted to wear the different colour footwear.

Uniform violation typically results in a fine but Marshall is more than happy to take the hit, and match it with a charitable donation.

ESPN Chicago have quoted the Bears man as saying: "I'm going to get fined and I'm going to match that, and we want to partner with a cancer-care [charity].

"We're still working on the details to give, really give back to an organization that is doing work in the mental health area. [Also], the diagnosis of breast cancer can hit families hard. It affects all of us."

Marshall will not be the first player to be hit with a uniform fine this season, in week 4 Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch was hit with a $5250 fine for appearing in green boots.

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