Ep. 2: Julius Thomas

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On this episode of Blindsided, we welcome Julius Thomas. Julius is a former tight end for the Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins. Before the NFL, Julius was actually a basketball star at Portland State. But he believed he could play pro football. So he went for it. Most surprising, though, is what Julius is doing now. He retired from football in 2018 to study psychology and is currently going for his doctorate. So this conversation definitely gets clinical. Between Diane and Julius, we learned a lot. JT talks about growing up in Stockton, California … the differences in how we treat physical and mental injuries … and the anxiety that comes with fame. We’ve also decided that Julius has one of the best mindfulness voices of all time. Here’s Julius Thomas on Blindsided

*This episode contains content and topics that may be difficult for some listeners. Listener discretion is advised. If you or someone you know is struggling, you are not alone. There are many support services that are here to help. Resources can be found at: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) 866-615-6464

About Blindsided:

Plan your work and work your plan. For many athletes, words like these are scripture — permanent signposts lining the long road to success. The very act of pursuing a career in sports often gives a sense of control, a sense of safety. Just stick to the plan. Good things will follow.

That is, until life happens. The kind of life that happens while you’re making other plans. Devastating setbacks. Dark thoughts. Debilitating breakdowns. Mental health conditions that force an athlete to ditch their well laid plans and ask, “What’s my next play?”

Hosted by former National Hockey League goaltender Corey Hirsch and psychiatrist Dr. Diane McIntoshBlindsided allows professional athletes to open up about mental health. The podcast lets listeners hear moments when mental health became the athlete’s most important focus.

Blindsided then dives in deeper. It gets clinical. And it allows listeners to leave with a deeper understanding of mental health conditions that all people face. It then shows how athletes, in particular, face them down.

Welcome to Blindsided. Mental health. Sports. Life.

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