Lakeland, Fla. (March 7, 2015) – A former University of North Carolina lineman now on the streets, looking for answers and help.
We all have an opportunity across the country to make a difference in Ryan’s life! Check out Ryan’s story and BE THAT DIFFERENCE in his life! We cannot just sit on the sidelines of life on this one!
Hoffman was a 6′ 5″, 287 lb. football star and left tackle for the Tarheels, a team that went 11-1 and sent six players to long careers in the National Football League. In 1997, his final season, Hoffman played nearly every snap. His D-Line coach, Eddie Williamson, called him “the epitome of an offensive lineman,” who was physical, durable and driven.
Hoffman blames football for scrambling his brain. However, it is impossible to separate what could be football-related brain injuries from his subsequent drug use and possible genetic mental illness. He cannot be sure and even the traumatic brain injury (TBI) specialists aren’t either.
The Ryan Hoffman Life Fund was just created by former UNC alumni, Washington Redskin and current Loudoun County resident, Eddie Mason, CEO and President of Mase Training, to make a difference in the life for former UNC alumus Ryan Hoffman, who is currently homeless and battling an illness.
Hoffman looks forlorn in the fading lights with his big blank blue eyes, hoping drivers give him a dollar or two. Each time cash appears through a car window, he sprinted there,and retrieved the bills with a “God bless.” He doesn’t want to do this, but he has to eat to survive.
Eddie Mason, a true leader, is making a difference! He recently started the Ryan Hoffman Life Fund. He and his former UNC teammates would love your help in paying it forward by donating to the Ryan Hoffman Life Fund.
While Ryan is having a challenging time in the tough game of life, he will overcome adversity through the help of the Lord, the compassion of others who know him, and even those who are total strangers. Teamwork is a team sport, so click on the Ryan Hoffman Life Fund today and help this former athlete achieve success!
Written by Steven Holland