One day, you realize how absurd your current mindset is, that this shit doesn't matter. You let your demons go, knowing that, perhaps, sharing your story can help some other chubby, goofy, socially-isolated, sensitive kid getting bulled in America who feels like no one in the world cares about him.
The recent headline atop an excellent ESPN article by investigative reporters Steve Fainaru and his brother Mark Fainaru-Wada says retired San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland is "the most dangerous man in football."
The next time you see a middle-schooler or even a peer use derogatory terms, make faces or inappropriate impressions or gestures related to disability, take that opportunity to talk about it. It all starts with a conversation. A conversation many won't have, unless you bring it up.
Let's say your boss shows up and decides he's had enough of you. You're not helping the company anymore and you've become a distraction, so he offers you millions of dollars just to go away. Who wouldn't take that deal?
Given everything that's now known about the prevalence of concussions in the game, and the terrifying long-term impact they can have on a kid's health, would you let your own kid play football? It turns out, even for NFL players and coaches, there's not much consensus.
I listen to Tim as he speaks about these experiences during his NFL career and I can't help but feel compassion and a sense of sadness. This is not just Tim's story, it's been repeated over and over in the media.
With former NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle's vision of "parity" having become a reality, it's hard to stand on one's hind legs and confidently make bold predictions. With that said, here are five intrepid predictions for the 2015 season.
It's preseason and time to dig into the game of the game and mine through the data and get ready to draft your fantasy team. May the odds, or really the statistics, be ever in your favor! Enough talk -- dig in and start playing -- with the numbers.
What if the Denver Broncos became the Bridgeport Broncos? Or LeBron's Cavaliers played their home games in Riverside, California? Denver and Cleveland fans: calm down -- this isn't going to happen. But, from at least one perspective, it wouldn't be totally crazy if it did.
Tom Brady has got to be feeling in high spirits. He nimbly strolled away from the federal court hearing regarding his suspension to resume practices with his team, and a judge basically just gave Rodger Goodell and the NFL a big, fat bird.
The Labor Board appears to be concerned that most big-time, football-playing schools are public entities not covered by the Labor Act. Why should that fact mean that employees of a private university cannot unionize?
In a culture overly saturated with "political correctness" -- where the slightest comment challenging social norms is vociferously attacked -- it was refreshing to read a post asserting that any honor or success must be earned and not assumed.
It was there that I also spoke to three of the artists about their professional life in the high-stakes game known as the art world. These athletes aren't your basement-starving artists. It's been their life mission to work hard on the field or court, and now in their art.
I grew up in a strict Catholic home, where there was zero tolerance of an alternative take on abortion. Partially in reaction, I've been pro-choice ...
While earning good grades and participating in a sport might be easy and and effortless for some, it is quite an achievement for a young man or woman who battles hunger, an unpredictable home life, and other challenges.
How do you go from being on top of the world with a multimillion dollar contract to filing for bankruptcy? By spending like it is never going to end. Former football superstars are finding that out the hard way.