After being off and on 10 NFL rosters and two other football league teams in a span of four years, it might be easy to understand if Marlon Favorite lost his focus a time or two.
But that hasn’t happened.
Favorite said the journey through professional football since leaving LSU has been a tough one, but he stays grounded by keeping focused on his family, the “man upstairs” and a budding music career.
Favorite started at nose tackle for the Redskins in Wednesday’s 30-3 preseason win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and said he’s just been thankful that he was given another opportunity in the NFL.
“It’s been a rough journey,” Favorite said in the locker room after the game. “So, being given this opportunity, for me, it was just the man upstairs, God blessing me with another opportunity four years removed from college and to have some coaches interested.”
Favorite has certainly had an odd, long journey to the Redskins:
– He was signed by the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent after the 2009 NFL Draft and was released by the team that September.
– He was signed by the St. Louis Rams a couple weeks later and released about a week after that.
– He was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs a couple weeks later and released in December of that year.
– He was signed by the Seattle Seahawks about a week later and stayed on with the team through the regular season.
– He was signed by the New Orleans Saints to be a practice squad player for the playoffs in 2009, and was on the team through their win in Super Bowl XLIV.
– He was signed by the Buffalo Bills in March 2010 and was released a couple months later.
– He was signed by the Indianapolis Colts a couple weeks later and was released that September.
– He was signed by the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League a month later and remained with the club through the end of the season.
– He was signed by the New England Patriots to be a practice squad player for the playoffs in January 2011 and was released that August.
– Three days later, he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles and was waived three weeks later.
– Five days after that, he was again signed by the Rams and was released four days later.
– In October 2011, he signed with the New Orleans VooDoo of the Arena Football League.
– On Aug. 16, he signed with the Redskins.
That’s a lot of traveling — a lot of given-up hopes.
So that’s why it was great to see the smile on Favorite’s face after his performance against the Buccaneers that included two tackles and a sack on the first play of the game that set the tone for a dominant performance by the Redskins’ defense.
“It was a blessing to start the momentum of the game off and get the rest of the guys fired up to go make plays,” Favorite said. “After my sack, five, six other sacks followed, so it’s just good to see guys grinding out there all week and execute the gameplan.”
Then there’s that music career.
Favorite said he’s been writing and recording his own songs since he was 14, mixing in Hip Hop, R&B and “a little gospel.”
“It just happens to be a second talent of mine,” he said.
You can even find “Big Fav” on YouTube (courtesy of jabalayaTV):
So, whatever happens with Favorite’s Redskins career as the coaches choose their final 53-man roster on Friday, you can bet that “Big Fav” will continue to stay focused.
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