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What It Takes to Quit Football

Former linebacker Joshua Perry explains why he abruptly retired from the NFL at 24.

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Episode Notes

After his sixth documented concussion, NFL linebacker Joshua Perry decided to retire.
He was only 24 but knew his brain couldn’t take any more. This time on Man Up, Perry tells Aymann about the physical and emotional toll of football and the culture that teaches players of all ages to play through the pain.

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On Man Up, host Aymann Ismail invites men and women to tell embarrassing, funny, and sometimes disturbing stories about their lives as they try to figure out what they still have to learn—and unlearn—about being a man. They’ll talk relationships, family, sex, and identity, trying to understand their experiences to help listeners make more sense of their own.

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