In his pre-draft evaluation, scouts salivated over Jay Cutler’s 6’3” frame and elite throwing arm, but didn’t say much about his intangibles. Turns out, follow-through was never one of Cutler's strengths, routinely flaking on plans including Brandon Marshall’s wedding, a slight that apparently took the wide receiver years to get over.
“He once told me he was going to come to my wedding. And I look out in the aisle and there was no Jay Cutty,” Marshall told Kay Adams, who was also stood up by Cutler after agreeing to appear on Up & Adams, which airs daily on FanDuel TV. “I didn’t talk to him for another three years until I got traded from the Miami Dolphins to the Chicago Bears.”
Put off by Cutler’s no-show, Marshall avoided him until he couldn’t anymore, finally reuniting in Chicago as Bears teammates after three years apart. While Cutler’s sourpuss stylings certainly weren’t for everyone, some fans actually found his aloofness charming, culminating in the now iconic “Smokin’ Jay” meme.
“Two nights before the wedding, ‘Yeah, I’m going to be there. I’m coming,’” said Marshall of his hard-to-pin-down teammate, naively believing Cutler, the Bears’ all-time passing leader with 23,443 career yards, would actually follow through on a social obligation. “Tony Scheffler came. All the boys came. We’re having a good time. He didn’t make the party. He’ll make it tomorrow. Nope.”
Cutler’s absence shouldn’t have surprised anyone—the mercurial quarterback couldn’t even commit to his own retirement in 2017, joining the Dolphins months after being hired as a color commentator at Fox, a post-career ambition he would never revisit. At least Adams and Marshall can bond over their shared experiences being ghosted by Cutler, a wild card notorious for marching to the beat of his own drum.
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