- Melissa Isaacson, espnW.com
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CHICAGO -- Brandon Marshall was well aware of the territory he officially entered Sunday.
“In the third quarter, I leaned over to Jay (Cutler) and I said ‘That catch puts me at 1,000 yards for six seasons in a row,’ and he looked at me and said, ‘You’re disgusting,’ ” Marshall recounted to big laughs after the Chicago Bears’ 28-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
“I’m aware of it and it’s social media, man,” Marshall explained. “People give you a heads up, that’s how I know stats and records because the guys who follow me on Twitter. It’s every day they’re tweeting me things I’m not aware of.”
Marshall, who went over 1,000 with an 11-yard catch and finished with 12 catches for 92 yards, may not have told Cutler that he also became the first Bears’ receiver since Marty Booker in 2002 to go over the 1,000-yard mark, but he did know that with 69 receptions this season he is 32 catches short of breaking another Bears' season record.
"It’s (100), Marty Booker, 2001,” Marshall said. “I know it because I’m telling you, I hear it from you guys all the time and Twitter is amazing social media. But yeah, I told Jay that too and he also called me disgusting.”
Booker had 1,189 receiving yards in 16 starts in 2002 while Marshall has 1,017 yards in 11 games this season.
Bears coach Lovie Smith stopped short of heaping more praise on Marshall, saying instead, “We’ve come to expect that from him each week and we should. He’s our No. 1 receiver and he’s hard to cover one-on-one. ... He’s just a good football player.”
On Sunday, the one-on-ones were overshadowed by the double and triple coverages Marshall saw, and often beat.
“He played great,” Cutler said. “He’s a guy I can count on in about any situation.”
But for all the sideline bravado, Marshall downplayed his own talents.
“I’m not the fastest guy, I don’t jump the highest,” he said. “So one of the things my father taught me was how to use my body and be crafty. I don’t run the best routes but I’m really confident putting myself in a position where I can be quarterback-friendly. Jay and I just see the game (similarly), the right way and I’m just happy to be with a quarterback who really understands the way I play the game.”
The fact that Marshall has now gone over 1,000 yards in a season for three different teams puts him in even more select company, but again he spun it differently.
“I definitely take pride in it,” he said. “(But) there’s a great quote out there that says don’t confuse activity with production. You have to be productive with anything you do in life. This is what I do for a living.
“That being said, I just hope this is the last place I catch 1,000 yards. I’m really proud to be a Bear, and when I look back on my legacy as a football player, I want it to be as a Bear. This is a great opportunity for me, my family and I just need to continue to work. I’m still not there yet, on and off the field. I have to do a better job and I understand that.”