Chris Borland is a former first team All-American and NFL Linebacker from the University of Wisconsin, who’s been called “The most dangerous man in football” by ESPN.

This All-Rookie performer turned face of the movement to liberate football players from the disproven narrative that CTE is not a likely consequence of playing America’s beloved sport, reveals how being mindful and aware of the truth inherent to your sport can unlock peak performance.

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Pulled Quotes

  • “To come to terms with the insidious nature of CTE, despite my love for the game is excruciating even today.” [10:45]
  • “Safer than ever is a not-so-clever euphemism for dangerous.” [12:35]
  • “I have yet to see a helmet that removes inertia from the laws of physics.” [15:10]
  • “If you were to give me a talented eight year-old boy and say ‘get him to the NFL,’ one of the last things I would do is sign him up for youth tackle football.” [19:30]
  • “Football is the only team sport where morbid obesity is a distinct advantage.” [23:25]
  • “The moment you’re hired by the NFL you’re not an independent anything.” [24:50]
  • “It’s hard to abandon something you identify with.” [32:15]
  • “I think Football is like a drug.” [35:45]
  • “It’s not an anthem protest, it’s a police brutality protest.” [42:10]
  • “The reaction to Cap’s protest is the best proof that he needed to protest in the first place.” [43:00]


Show Notes

  • Chris on why he walked away from the game after just one year [4:15]
  • Why he thinks there’s an educational gap to players actually “knowing the risks of the game” [8:05]
  • The love/hate relationship many players and fans have with the game of football [9:30]
  • The negative impact of updating technology and equipment as an attempt to prevent CTE [15:00]
  • The impact of race and class on the NFL and players risking their long term health for a short stint on the mountain top [16:45]
  • The impact of new legislative initiatives in football aimed at safety and longevity [21:30]
  • The old paradigm vs. the new paradigm of in-game medical and neurological treatment for NFL players [24:10]
  • Challenging the machismo of the culture and the bravery it took for Chris to step aside given the tribal-warrior nature of Football [26:00]
  • The push pull of playing in the NFL [31:45]
  • How Chris has managed the transition out of being a professional athlete and how he plans to avoid the pitfalls so many go through [33:30]
  • The addiction that is football [35:30]
  • What he thinks of Colin Kaepernick and the military being intertwined with the NFL [39:00]
  • The right and wrong way to protest police brutality while respecting the flag [47:15]


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