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Bouncing Back From a Near-Death Experience with Professional Arena Football QB Collin Saring

Part two of our interview with Gulf Coast Fire QB Collin Saring
Credit-Collin Saring/Joker Mag Illustration

If you’re someone who’s been told you weren’t good enough, not big enough, not fast enough, not smart enough, or if you’ve ever felt paralyzed by a failure that you just weren’t willing to accept, this is the show for you.

Hustle & Motivate is a blueprint, built by guests who’ve conquered obstacles, silenced critics, and overcome adversity by seeing every failure as an opportunity, realizing the true power of the underdog mentality.

Through insightful and thought-provoking conversations, we uncover the stories behind these impressive individuals.

The aim is to show you what you’re capable of.

Realizing that a simple mindset shift opens up a world of possibilities.  Because in the end, you can do anything you believe you can achieve.

Collin Saring’s Long Road Back

Collin Saring stands smiling with his parents on Senior Night in high school.
Collin Saring on the field with his parents on Senior Night (Credit-Collin Saring)

We ended last week’s episode with the night that sent current Gulf Coast Fire QB Collin Saring to the hospital. The night that changed the course of his life forever.

But after finally waking up from a coma, his mind reverted back to a childlike state. He spent months recovering: group therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, everything.

By the time he felt back to normal, his life came crashing down on him again.  Clinically depressed and weighing 305 pounds, he knew he had to dig deep to make a change.

In part two of our interview, Collin Saring discusses the grueling recovery process and how he picked up the pieces to sign his first professional football contract.

Quote Of The Week

“I was given a second opportunity, a second chance to be on this earth, to still be around, to be alive.” – Collin Saring, QB, Gulf Coast Fire

Show Highlights

[2:54] A scene from Adam Sandler’s Big Daddy in real life

[7:15] Returning to college football and Collin’s only regret

[10:58] Depression, weight gain, and digging deep to get out of a year-long rut

[16:05] From never playing football again to getting back on the gridiron

[25:34] Running full speed into a 6’7″ 320 lb former NFL offensive lineman

[35:01] How he landed a contract with the Gulf Coast Fire

After Listening…

The Gulf Coast Fire kick off their season on May 12th. To keep up with Collin’s preseason preparations, follow him on Twitter @CoachSaring.

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Division III baseball alum (McDaniel College) and founder of Joker Mag. Sharing underdog stories to inspire the next generation.



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