My Life on the Line
This event will be in conversation with the Boston Herald’s Steve Buckley.
Bubbling under the surface of Ryan’s entire NFL career was a collision course between his secret sexuality and his hidden drug use. When the league caught him smoking pot, he turned to NFL-sanctioned prescription painkillers that quickly sent his life into a tailspin. As injuries mounted and his daily intake of opioids reached a near-lethal level, he wrote his suicide note to his parents and plotted his death. Yet someone had been watching; a member of the Chiefs organization stepped in. Nearing the twilight of his career, Ryan faced the ultimate decision: end it all, or find out if his family and football friends could ever accept a gay man in their lives.
Ryan O’Callaghan played right tackle in the NFL for six seasons, with the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs. He is the creator of a foundation designed to provide scholarships for out LGBTQ athletes. All of O’Callaghan’s proceeds from the dale of this book will benefit The Ryan O’Callaghan Foundation (www.ROFDN.org).