Join us on Radio Row as Sports Philanthropy Network’s Roy Kessel and Kayla Bradham sit down with the Founder of Pro Athletes in Recovery, Randy Grimes to talk about his addiction story, Pro Athletes in Recovery, and his new book.
This was Randy Grimes’ 13th year attending Radio Row to share his story and announce his book, Off Center which is being released this week. NFL Legend Randy Grimes is a former professional football player whose career spanned 10 years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Randy Grimes had spent 20+ years battling an addiction to painkillers that he developed while trying to treat career-related injuries. Randy Grimes’ wife also joins him to tell about her side of Randy’s addiction and why she is the hero in his story. Lydia Grimes also discusses the struggles of being around addiction and gives advice on how to become a supportive partner to someone who battles addiction. She speaks about how this addiction was hard on not only him, but their entire family. They talk about how their faith in God is what overall saved them and kept their family together. Randy shares details about his book and how writing this book has helped in his addiction recovery. Randy talks about his work at Pro Athletes in Recovery and how many of the athletes he works with have lost everything because of their addiction.
Pro Athletes in Recovery (Pro AIR) is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2013 by NFL veteran Randy Grimes and his wife, Lydia. We are a group of professional athletes who provide people with the necessary tools to overcome addiction and navigate the process of recovery in order to live healthy and productive lives, while also supporting family members.
A former NFL center, Randy Grimes lived as everyone’s all-American—with a successful 10-year career for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a beautiful and devoted college-sweetheart-turned-wife, and two healthy children. But pain took over, and the prescription pills used to treat chronic injuries eventually led to playing in blackouts. When Randy’s career ended, the pills continued—feeding an opioid addiction that would last 20+ years and erode his identity, health, and family. When addiction claimed the life of a close friend, Randy finally found the courage to raise his hand and ask for help. This single decision reclaimed Randy’s life.