New Video & PSA Feature NFL Legends Dick Butkus, William Perry, Mike Golic and Others Who Share Personal Stories About Obesity and Seeking Help

Mount Laurel, NJ (September 14, 2021). As the 2021 NFL season gets underway, The NFL Alumni Association (NFLA) announces the kick-off of its second year of Huddle Up: Let’s Talk Obesity. This campaign aims to build stronger awareness and further educate fans and former players alike about excess weight and how it can impact overall health. Importantly, people living with obesity need to know there are resources available to help, and that there’s an attainable path for everyone to plan for better long-term health. Obesity is a chronic disease, and if left untreated, can lead to serious health-related complications including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and certain cancers.

The latest Huddle Up: Let’s Talk Obesity awareness video and public service announcement (Full PSA / Shortened PSA) provide personal insights shared by several NFL legends actively addressing their weight since retiring from football, and the importance of seeking or getting help. These legends include:

  • Dick Butkus: Pro Football Hall-of-Fame
  • Mike Golic: NFL All-Pro, Sportscaster
  • William Perry: Super Bowl Champion
  • Michael Dean Perry: NFL All-Pro
  • Ottis Anderson: Super Bowl MVP
  • Joe Klecko: NFL All-Pro
  • Dan Klecko: Super Bowl Champion

Bart Oates, NFLA President and 3-time Super Bowl Champion stated about the campaign, “Obesity isn’t always about diet and exercise alone. There is no one-size-fits-all solution as many contributing factors can lead to excess weight. We all need to be more open and feel more comfortable talking about this issue, and there is no better time than right now! Our campaign mission is to encourage compassionate, honest dialogue and help people living with obesity better understand they’re not alone and there are options available to help support them in their journey to a healthier weight.”

In the new PSA, Dick Butkus, a Hall-of-Famer and one of the most ferocious tacklers ever to play the game, shares a personal health example that many people likely experience but rarely discuss. “Seeking help from a medical expert answered a lot of questions, including underlying issues relating to my health such as stress.  I’m a worrier and that may have played a role in my health issues. I still stress out over the littlest things, but now have learned to cope better,” Butkus said.

And Michael Dean Perry, a former perennial NFL All-Pro defensive lineman and younger brother of William ‘The Fridge’ Perry, talks about one football-to-life lesson that helps align his thinking about weight and health: “It’s a long road but short steps win the day. Win the day… and you get to your goal.”

Obesity affects more than 4 out of 10 American adults, and yet only about 10 percent of people currently living with obesity seek advice from a healthcare provider.

To locate an obesity specialist in your area or to find more obesity-related information, please visit NFLA is proud to partner with healthcare company Novo Nordisk Inc. on this healthcare initiative.

About NFL Alumni Association:

NFL Alumni was founded in 1967 and is the oldest and most recognizable national organization of retired professional athletes. NFL Alumni consists of former NFL players, coaches, executives, spouses, cheerleaders, and associate members. Part of NFL Alumni’s dual mission is Caring for Kids. Player alumni give back in their local communities by raising funds for youth-related charities through their 38 regional chapters. It is a tradition that has existed for more than 50 years. Alumni support typically raises more than $1.5 million dollars for worthwhile causes. The other half of NFLA’s mission Caring for our Own is to serve, assist and inform its members and their families. Alumni members are offered a diverse package of wellness, business, career, and legal services to help members and their families be healthy, productive, and connected to one another. To learn more please visit:


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