Brandon Marshall made it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Monday.
After speaking to the AFC rookies at the NFL's rookie symposium in Aurora, Ohio, the New York Jets' wide receiver made a special trip to the Hall of Fame in Canton, where he got a history lesson and saw one of his old uniforms.
The jersey he wore for the Denver Broncos on the day he set the record for most catches in a game resides in the Hall of Fame museum. On Dec. 13, 2009, Marshall caught an incredible 21 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts. Think he racked up some fantasy points that day, or what? His pants and gloves also are displayed in the Hall.
Earlier Monday, Marshall, one of several guest speakers, addressed the group of AFC rookies. The 2015 draft class attends a four-day event to learn about the history of the sport, as well as the social and professional responsibilities of playing in the NFL. Basically, they're taught how to be pros on and off the field.
No one exemplified that better than former Jets great Curtis Martin, who also is participating in the symposium. The Hall-of-Fame running back is scheduled to speak to the rookies on the history and traditions of the sport.
On Tuesday, Martin is scheduled to return from a trip to Israel, where he was the guest of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Kraft sponsors a trip to Israel every year, and this time he was joined by 19 Hall of Famers. Martin, who began his career with the Patriots, told NFL Nation Patriots reporter Mike Reiss the trip has been "one of the best experiences in my life."
Martin, who has maintained a friendship with Kraft, is a rare individual. He's so classy that he rises above the acrimony between the Patriots and Jets.