On his popular song "Thank Me Now," Drake croons, "I swear sports and music are so synonymous /
Cause we want to be them, and they want to be us."
The rapper's confession rings true for Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, and some recent comments have Chicago fans hoping their star wideout will be making a lot of noise next season.
While on the "Around The League Podcast," Marshall said the next time he steps foot on the gridiron for a regular-season game, he will be a totally different player.
"Kind of like the artist, like the musician you know how they say, 'This next album is going to be the killer! This next album, you guys aren't going to know anything! It's going to be totally different! This is it!'" Marshall said. "This is how I'm doing my game. I'm approaching it like I'm an artist."
That's a great attitude for a player who is already at the top of his game. Despite injuries to starting quarterback Jay Cutler, Marshall finished with 100 catches this year for 1,295 yards and 12 touchdowns. He is set to play in his fifth Pro Bowl later this month.
When NFL.com's Dan Hanzus suggested Marshall name his season after the most popular Michael Jackson album, Marshall was totally onboard.
"I like it!" Marshall said. "Can we name my next season the Thriller?"
Luckily for Marshall, his is not a solo act. Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey, who emerged as a top-tier wide wideout this year, are arguably the top receiver tandem in the NFL.