NFL wide receiver Brandon Marshall received the 2018 McLean Award at the hospital’s annual dinner on June 1. McLean President and Psychiatrist in Chief Scott L. Rauch, MD, donned a Seattle Seahawks cap in homage to the breaking news that Marshall had just been drafted to the Seattle team. Rauch made this exciting announcement while acknowledging that it meant Marshall was unable to accept the McLean Award in person.
The “good news” was that Marshall’s wife and partner in mental health advocacy, Michi Marshall, was there to accept the award on his behalf and share her perspectives about their family’s dedication to mental health.
Rauch, after teasing Marshall about his career playing only for rivals of the New England Patriots, spoke admiringly of the athlete’s career and his status as “one of the toughest guys in the NFL.”
“We honor him not because of his incredible prowess as an NFL wide receiver,” said Rauch. “Tonight, we recognize Brandon for the meaningful mark he has made on the world of behavioral and mental health. Brandon faced his diagnosis with courage and turned his experience into a transformational public service.”
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