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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Thanks to his trademark pink-dyed dreadlocks, it’s almost impossible to forget about DeAngelo Williams’ battle. The Steelers running back also does plenty in the community to remind the world about his crusade against breast cancer.

This weekend will be another example, with the former Carolina Panthers star returning to Charlotte and offering up free mammograms to women.

From the Charlotte Observer:

Williams, through his foundation and the Charlotte Knights, will host an event Saturday providing mammography screenings for low-income, under-insured or uninsured women in the area.

But if it ever comes to that, the NFL won’t make history. Another national football organization already beat them to it. On Thursday, Pop Warner became the first national football organization to ban kickoffs.

The largest youth football organization in the country announced the change on Thursday. In its announcement, Pop Warner wrote that the rule is “aimed at significantly reducing the amount of full-speed, head-on impact in games.”

“We are constantly working to make the game safer and better for our young athletes, and we think this move is an important step in that direction,” said Jon Butler, Pop Warner’s executive director, via the organization’s website. “Eliminating kickoffs at this level adds another layer of safety without changing the nature of this great game. We are excited to look at the results at the end of the year as we explore additional measures.”

No. 2, let’s remember that Cromartie had a vasectomy in 2013. And now he’s the new father of twins.

That’s not how a vasectomy is supposed to work. There’s apparently a less than one-percent chance of getting pregnant after the operation.

“I didn’t even tell Antonio right away because I didn’t think it was possible,” Terricka told US Weekly in January. “I was going back and forth in my head how it could even happen. In my head we were good to go, we were having free sex. I just really thought that his procedure was the best protection you could have at this point.”

Montana then explained that Kaepernick’s biggest problem could come with his offensive line.

“With your offensive line, when there’s problems, you have to be able to talk to those guys and figure it out while you’re out on the field and when you have a guy who doesn’t really want to be there, you don’t know whether to put yourself behind him or not,” Montana said. “And you want to believe in him, but if he doesn’t want to be there then — I’m sure they did everything they could to try and get him to some place he’d be happy because it would be best for both teams.”

This Is The 6,000-Pound Fish Tank Jimmy Butler Wanted in His River North Mansion

The two initially offered up a basketball-themed tank, which Butler immediately put the kibosh on.

“Terrible idea!” Butler said. “Terrible! The basketball idea is not the right idea for this situation.”

He went on to push them in the music direction, saying, “I’m a really big music guy.” What might be unexpected to some is that the Bulls star is big into country music.

Butler’s reaction to his new massive old-school boom box tank, which they surprised him with on his way back from Bulls practice, was nothing short of amazement.

“OH! This is beautiful man!” Butler said. “This is better than I could have ever imagined … This is big time.”

The team even put 50 fish inside the tank in honor of the Chicago Bulls’ 50th anniversary.

The full “Tanked” episode airs on Animal Planet Friday, Nov. 13 at 9 p.m. CT.

Back in July, Butler reportedly signed a $90 million, 5-year-contract to stay with the team.

NFL quarterback Michael Vick got the celebrity treatment as he visited the state Capitol on Tuesday to lobby for a bill to help protect cats and dogs from being left in unattended vehicles.

The bill would shield first responders from liability for any property damage they cause when rescuing animals from unattended cars and trucks in extreme heat that endangers their health and well-being. Leaving a cat or dog in an unattended vehicle under such conditions would be summary offense under the bill.

“I hydroplane, slam into the median, get blasted in the face by the air bags,” said Weatherford, whose face was bruised in the crash. “My rental is totaled and I walked out without a scratch.”

Merullo later scouted for the Cubs. His grandson, Matt Merullo, played six years in the majors, mostly with the Chicago White Sox.

“While I have experienced many joys as owner of this great franchise, one of the most memorable was meeting Lennie last season,” Ricketts said.

“When the Cubs last appeared in a World Series in 1945, Lennie was a 28-year-old shortstop. Nearly 70 years later, he brought the same youthful spirit and excitement,” he said. “To his family, friends and loved ones, our organization will never forget him.”