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Diversity and Inclusion: Former NFL player Ryan O'Callaghan

Diversity and Inclusion: Former NFL player Ryan O'Callaghan opens up about his life under the lights and coming out as gay.

Posted: Oct 9, 2019 6:57 PM

CHICO, Calif. -- Earlier this week we sat down with former NFL player Ryan O'Callaghan about his new book, "My Life on the Line" and today he shared his story with students and faculty at Chico State. 

Chico State hosted the Redding native in a semester long series called Conversations on Diversity and Inclusion. O'Callaghan spoke about his fear of being exposed as gay to his teammates and how he avoided suspicion. 

The Enterprise alum says he eventually grew addicted to oxycontin and had thoughts of suicide after retiring. He says what saved his life was seeking help in therapy and hopes any member of the audience will do the same. 

O'Callaghan played for the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs before retiring. 

Link to "My Life on the Line." 

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