DENVER-- The warm welcome from a room full of 4th grade students at Valverde Elementary was probably a nice change for Brandon Marshall.
The Broncos Linebacker has faced a great deal of scrutiny these past couple weeks for choosing to kneel during the national anthem in an attempt to protest social injustice in America.
But Tuesday, he heard nothing but applause from the students as he shared his message of "positive change and educational opportunities" to Denver youth.
"I told them about the importance of staying in school," Marshall said.
But his visit was about more than just a message. Marshall is making a challenge.
"I told them that if they have perfect attendance, then I'll come back and throw them a pizza party," Marshall said. "I want them to compete, because life is a competition."
He'll be making the same challenge to students at several schools across the area, urging kids to improve their attendance to at least 95 percent.
After speaking with the students, Marshall took questions from the media regarding his national anthem protest, and also commented on recent police shootings of unarmed African-Americans across the country.
You can see pieces of his interview by clicking on the video at the top of this article.
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