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Broncos LB Brandon Marshall to donate $300 for each tackle

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall, who was the only Broncos player to kneel during the national anthem before last Thursday night's season opener, announced Wednesday he will donate $300 for each tackle he makes this season to Denver charities.

Marshall made his announcement on Instagram, posting with a picture of himself and Denver police chief Robert C. White. Marshall met with White on Tuesday.

On Thursday, Sept. 8, I took a knee for the National Anthem to take a stand against social injustice. My intent was not to offend anyone but rather to simply raise awareness and create some dialogue toward affecting positive change in our communities. In the last week, I've had a lot of productive conversations with people I respect, including Chief White of the Denver Police Department. I really appreciate all of them taking the time to listen to me and offer some insight and feedback on ways we can all make a difference. I've also had a lot of time to personally reflect on important issues such as race and gender equality, the treatment of our military veterans, our relationship with law enforcement, educational opportunities for our youth, and many more. I recognize and applaud the significant progress that has been made in these areas made possible only through the hard work of so many dedicated leaders. But, it's clear there is so much more work to be done by all of us. Together, we all need to Stand Up for change. This starts with me. My work with the Rose Andom Center to stop domestic violence is fulfilling and close to my heart. But I need to do more. I plan to be involved with several other organizations that benefit the Denver community and others through the services, awareness and funds they provide for these critical social issues. And I will donate 300 dollars for every tackle I make this season to those programs. You can track these contributions on social media through #TackleChange. I'm truly grateful for the support I've received from so many people, especially my teammates. I look forward to preparing with them and focusing on an important game Sunday against the Colts.

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In part, Marshall's announcement said:

"On Thursday, Sept. 8, I took a knee for the National Anthem to take a stand against social injustice. My intent was not to offend anyone but rather to simply raise awareness and create some dialogue toward affecting positive change in our communities. In the last week, I've had a lot of productive conversations with people I respect, including Chief White of the Denver Police Department. I really appreciate all of them taking the time to listen to me and offer some insight and feedback on ways we can all make a difference. I've also had a lot of time to personally reflect on important issues such as race and gender equality, the treatment of our military veterans, our relationship with law enforcement, educational opportunities for our youth, and many more. I recognize and applaud the significant progress that has been made in these areas made possible only through the hard work of so many dedicated leaders. But, it's clear there is so more work to be done by all of us. Together, we all need to Stand Up for change. This starts with me.''

People will be able to track the donations on social media with #TackleChange, Marshall said.

Marshall told reporters on Wednesday afternoon that his visit with White was productive.

"I think I grasped, have more understanding of what they go through, the trials and tests of what it is to be a police officer," he said. "And he kind of got my side as well, how some people are feeling as well."

Marshall said earlier this week that in the days since the season opener, he's heard from people on both sides of the debate. He has lost two endorsements as a result of kneeling during the anthem -- the Air Academy Credit Union as well as the communications company CenturyLink -- and said he intended to keep kneeling.

"It's not going to make me lose any sleep,'' Marshall said of the lost endorsements. "I understand there will be things that come up, criticism and support. I just have to do what I think is right.''

Marshall and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick were teammates at the University of Nevada. Kaepernick started the debate when he did not stand for the national anthem in a preseason game.