“Families can feel the stress of the game too. If your family member has played or worked in the NFL, support is here for you.”Tony & October Gonzalez
We're all in this together.
The lives of the family members of NFL players and staff can be like those of the players themselves: exciting but also stressful and hectic, and filled with changes and uncertainty. As a family member or friend of a current or former NFL player, coach, team or league staff member, you know that life in the game can have its ups and downs—and that doesn't change when your loved one leaves the game.
Injuries and other health problems can affect the athlete's family and friends as well as the athlete himself. Sometimes, a player's job-related stress or difficulties in leaving a career in the NFL can have major implications for his family. And life transitions, such as moving, unemployment or retirement, loss of a loved one, and dealing with aging or declining health can be tough, too. Financial and legal problems or substance abuse can also be a major strain on families.
No matter what you're going through, the NFL Life Line is here for you and the entire NFL family—that means current and former NFL players, coaches, team and league staff, and their family members.
Support is here for you.
If you are in crisis, support is here for you. If someone you know in the NFL family is struggling emotionally, abusing drugs or alcohol, or showing other signs and symptoms of a problem, call the NFL Life Line. Counselors can provide information and advise you on how to help. Being supportive, encouraging your loved one to get care, and emphasizing that treatment works are just a few ways to support someone who is going through a tough time.
Reach out. You are not alone.
We can provide resources and tools to help you and your family handle whatever issues you might be facing. Take the first step and call the NFL Life Line today.
You can also learn more about available resources using the links below.