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From wild card to ace

Brandon Marshall has assumed a Bears leadership role on and off the field

Updated: December 19, 2012, 7:25 PM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- In the wake of the annual full-blown civic meltdown about the Chicago Bears, Brandon Marshall stood before the media at Halas Hall on Wednesday, even taller than his 6-foot-4 frame.

Being the best receiver the Chicago Bears have had since, well, ever, isn't enough. Marshall has taken on the role of team mouthpiece, pulse taker and notebook filler.

The wild card has become the ace.

Marshall talked, joked and extrapolated about his frustration Sunday, ...

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