The NFL is the most popular professional sports league in the United States. Its athletes receive multimillion-dollar contracts and almost endless media attention. The league's most important game, the Super Bowl, is practically a national holiday. Making it to the NFL, however, is not about the promised land of fame and fortune.
Robert W. Turner II draws on his personal experience as a former professional football player as well as interviews with more than 140 current and former NFL players to reveal what it means to be an athlete in the NFL and explain why so many players struggle with life after football. Robert W. Turner II, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of clinical research and leadership at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, with a secondary appointment in the department of neurology.
Public lecture co-sponsored by UMD’s Department of African American Studies and Department of Sociology.