Charles Haley, NFL Hall of Fame member and first player to win


STAMFORD, Connecticut, June 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Charles Haley, a member of the 2015 National Football League Hall of Fame Class and the first player in league history to win five Super Bowls, will appear on VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network’s National Podcast Next Steps with Chris Meek Tuesday, June 15.

“As a longtime Dallas Cowboys fan, I’ve always loved watching Charles Haley play for my favorite team in the 1990s and wreak havoc on opposing attacks. Charles has proven by all the questions that he’s tough and isn’t afraid of hard work, but to me he will always be the NFL equivalent of Babe Ruth in baseball, ”Meek said. “Although he is one of the absolute legends of the NFL, his skills on the court are equally impressive for his honesty in his own struggle with bipolar and his work with his former teammate Ronnie Lott in the field of Mental Health.”

Haley joined the San Francisco 49ers as a linebacker in 1986 as the team’s fourth-round pick, playing for the team until 1991 and then again from 1998 to 1999. After his trade with the Cowboys after the 1991 season, he made the transition to a defensive end, which he played for the next four seasons with the team. Haley won her first two Super Bowl rings with the 49ers and three more in her four years with the Cowboys.

He was named the National Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 1990 and 1994. He played in five Pro Bowls and was named All-Pro twice, once as a linebacker and again as a linebacker. defensive end. In 2014, Haley and Dallas civic leader Bob Bowie founded Tackle Tomorrow, a nonprofit aimed at improving literacy rates for children in underserved communities in Dallas, Texas. With dedicated educational programs, one-on-one reading coaches and family support services, Tackle Tomorrow has had a profound impact on the education of over 1,500 students since its founding, inspiring and motivating the next generation to become learners. throughout life. Since the end of his professional football career, Haley has also become a mental health advocate, raising awareness for life with the bipolar.

“It’s important that people hear what we often think of as an invincible athlete like Charles Haley speak candidly about mental health. In doing so, he sets an important example to make others feel more empowered to ask for help, ”Meek said. “As a leading advocate for mental health, he sets an example not only by his words but, most importantly, by his actions.”

Every week, Next steps features prominent leaders from business, sport, entertainment, medicine, politics and public policy. Meek, co-founder and chairman of SoldierStrong, a national non-profit organization dedicated to connecting military veterans with breakthrough medical technology to help them take the next steps in life after service, hosts the information hour and uplifting on the VoiceAmerica Talk radio network every Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT.

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