PODCAST EPISODE

Encore One Reason to Live w/ Former NFL Player Charles Haley

Next Steps Forward

Aug 3 2021 • 1 hr


On this installment of Next Steps Forward program host Chris Meek speaks with legendary NFL linebacker and defensive end Charles Haley. Haley, who played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1986 to 1991 and again from 1998 to 1999, as well as the Dallas Cowboys from 1992 to 1996, will speak about the trajectory of his football career from high school to college and then on to the NFL. Haley will discuss what it takes to play professionally, how he learned to use his teammate’s strengths to increase his own strengths and the importance of his coaches’ faith in him and his abilities on his path to greatness. In addition to football, Haley will also reflect on what it is like to live with bipolar. At first using violence to keep people and his teammates at arms length and oftentimes honing in on the negatives amongst all the many positives, Haley speaks in-depth about how he learned to cope with his mental health setbacks. After attempting suicide at a young age, he asked God to give him something to live for which came in the form of football. Haley will discuss the role that God has played in maintaining his own mental health and in his professional career. Haley’s words will embolden those in the audience who are struggling to find their own “one thing” to live for.

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