Updated: Sep 23, 2020
It was my honor to sit down with Jayson Bromley as we emphasized on the importance of athletes' mental health. Bromley attended Syracuse in 2010 and was drafted by the New York Giants in 2014. We've touched upon everything from the proper maintenance of your mind, body and soul to how his wife helps him maintain his sanity. As a football player and a family man, Bromley defines himself outside of his athlete status which many young men fail to do. He believes that who he is (and who everybody is) will be ever changing. Everyday, you wake up and you are reminded that you can do better and be better. Not just within your career but within other aspects of your life such as being a husband and a father. Acknowledging how God allowed football to save his life when the odds were against him,
Bromley shared his upbringing growing up in Jamaica, Queens. His parents weren't in the proper position to raise him so he was raised by his aunt and uncle. He stepped foot onto the field and never looked back as he entered Syracuse University. Bromley has the mindset of "you're not gonna outwork me, you're not tougher than me and you're not gonna punk me." Always remain humble and always be coachable. Be willing to learn and to not make everything all about you and your career because if you lose it all, you are left with nothing. And that's where faith comes in. That's where God comes in and your life has a higher purpose.
He shares how he's managed to maintain his mental health after suffering injuries back to back, bringing up a very interesting fact. After week 1 of training camp, every football player is no longer playing at 100 percent. Injuries aren't guaranteed but getting hurt is. Referencing Andrew Luck announcing his retirement and the reasoning being that the rehab process was just too exhausting. The cycle of building your health back up just to see it all go downwards and back up again is both physically and mentally draining.
The intention behind this episode is to raise awareness towards men's mental health. We have to break the stereotype that a man cannot be emotional. Showing emotion and vulnerability to your loved ones is one of the strongest things anyone can do. Facing your demons and looking them right in the eyes as you prepare for battle is never easy. In a society where everyone says it's "weak" for a man to cry, it needs to be the norm for men to embrace what they feel without being crucified for it.
1:32 - dealing with the pressure of family and fans along with the highest of expectations
4:20 - money makes you a target, he would rather the money before the fame
7:24 - male figures, role models and heroes when you're young
10:50 - how he has maintained his mental health with his injuries back to back
14:00 - after week 1 of camp, you are no longer playing at 100 percent
17:40 - "God is my foundation"
21:30 - how his wife helps him with his mental health
22:40 - advice to the upcoming athletes