How the NFL Life Line is saving lives 5 years after the Junior Seau tragedy

NFL Life Line has “absolutely saved lives,” said league vice president for wellness and clinical services Dwight Hollier. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
It was five years ago this month that the NFL launched its suicide-prevention hotline, NFL Life Line.

The anniversary date is no accident. It was in May 2012 that Pro Football Hall of Famer Junior Seau shot himself in the chest, killing him. While the NFL had seen suicides before, this was one of the greatest players of all time who spent 20 seasons in the league.

“That really rocked the community,” said NFL Life Line program director Ciara Dockery, “and the NFL wanted to do something greater to support those in crisis.”

At least two dozen former NFL players are known to have committed suicide.

While NFL Life Line is designed to help people in the NFL, no one’s phone call gets dismissed. If fans make calls, they will be heard.

Kirk Cousins, made of nothing but gritty aw-shucks Midwestern marrow, would be a perfect fit in Pittsburgh. There’s debate about whether Pennsylvania itself is part of the Midwest, but Pittsburgh — once booming, then declining, and now charmingly underrated — is definitely Midwestern, if not geographically, then in spirit. And that’s the kind of place Cousins belongs, both professionally and personally.

“We tend to forget football players are regular people too, and NFL Jerseys China life comes at them like the rest of us,” Docker said. “Most of the callers are talking about normal stressors NFL Jerseys Wholesale like everyone else.”

One of the keys to success for NFL Life Line, Hollier said, is staying current.

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