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Bears’ Marshall believes he has come long way personally

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 10:09 a.m. CDT

(MCT) — CHICAGO — It’s not the first time we’ve heard from Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall and his diagnosis of borderline personality disorder. Since his trade in the offseason from the Dolphins, Marshall has been accessible unlike most athletes.

But after a raucous start to the Bears season that sees them 4-1 heading into a Monday night game vs. the Lions, the sometimes mercurial Marshall was ready to talk again about his adjustments to Chicago, the rough spots (there’s been a few) and how he’s adjusting to a new team, a new town and a renewed partnership with Jay Cutler.

So, Brandon Marshall, this is your Chicago life so far. How’s it going, five games in?

“There has been plenty of adversity. On the field ... Green Bay game,” Marshall told the Tribune on Tuesday. “On the field, the first half against Jacksonville. ... Off the field, I still have the same issues. But it is how you approach it and how you deal with it.”

Marshall, who was diagnosed with the disorder last year, said he has made some adjustments in his lifestyle, becoming more aware of the type of people with whom he associates and where he goes.

“For me, where I’m at today, I’m really thankful and blessed to be here, because I went from being in the out-patient program a little over a year ago, to sitting here being more of a therapist for others or a leader for others,” said Marshall, who has a fundraising event called “Bowling for Borderline” on Tuesday at the Lucky Strike Lanes downtown. “People come to me now for help, whether it’s in their marriage or it’s in their career. I would have never thought we would be here a year later.”

Marshall’s litany of off-the-field transgressions has been chronicled widely, but he believes he is on the right path now.

“Yeah, I’ve been through a lot,” he said. “I think that’s a gift ... to have so many trials and still be standing and moving in a positive direction. My life is together. Well, not perfect. When I say together, that means I’m healthy and feeling good and living life effectively ... being productive.

“I’m still the same guy. I still have problems where I have to sit back and think some things out.”

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