Despite what you may see in movies or on television, the lifestyle of a professional athlete is far from glamorous.
Sure, there’s plenty of money and fame that comes with competing at a professional level. But there’s also a lot of physical and mental pain that few ever see. This is particularly true in the NFL, where nearly every single player battles chronic pain on a daily basis.
To battle this pain, players are treated to a never-ending supply of opioids that allow them to mask the pain and get back out on the field. Former Ravens superstar Eugene Monroe wrote about this last year, where he described what’s known as the T Train.
The T Train is nothing more than a bunch of really large guys waiting to pull their pants down to get shot in the butt with Toradol, a powerful painkiller that will help them make it through the game and its aftermath.
What does make Britton unique is that he’s using his own experiences in the NFL to help other professional athletes, which I’ll get to in just a moment. Experiencing the negative side effects of opiates and the positive effects of cannabis, Britton decided to share this experience and the knowledge he gained with other professional athletes through a new non-profit organization called Athletes for CARE.
Athletes for CARE is designed to educate, raise awareness and help former professional athletes with some of the health issues they face after retirement. This includes everything from chronic pain and CTE, to depression and anxiety.