Randy Grimes

A former professional football player

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 had developed while trying to treat career-related injuries. He now uses his inspiring story of recovery to help victims of drug and alcohol abuse through his work as a Interventionist and Recovery Advocate at Athletes In Recovery. In 2012, out of a desire to help other struggling athletes that he played with and against, Randy launched “Athletes in Recovery” a program which is designed to help athletes of all levels find treatment for addiction, while offering continued support for those already in recovery.

Due to the success of Athletes in Recovery, Randy has partnered with the NFL,, MLB, Gridiron Greats, After The Impact Fund, The Jockeys Guild, Tulane Sports Program, NFLPA, NFL Alumni to bring further awareness and treatment services to professional athletes and their families. As a result of these partnerships, 100's of former professional athletes and their families have since been treated. Randy’s passion for helping others does not end with athletes and he is committed to helping numerous families find balance and peace of mind by getting their addicted loved ones the help they need for their drug and alcohol addiction. Randy is has performed countless interventions all over the country and has brought hope and healing back to families when it seemed all hope was lost. His Never Give Up attitude translates from the gridiron to his recovery.

Married for 38 years to his college sweetheart Lydia, who is also a Certified Family Addiction Coach, they have 2 children and 3 grandchildren. Randy can regularly be seen as a commentator on numerous national TV networks including NFL Network, Anderson Cooper, Father Albert, CNN, Fox Sports, MSNBC, Fox News, New York Daily News, New York Times, SiriusXM Sports and he is often called on to provide professional insight and opinion for countless radio interviews and print media pieces.

8:30am – 10:00am EDT

Monday October 26th

Opening Keynote - Breaking the Mental Health Stigma: Asking for Help

1.5 CE Credit

Breaking the Mental Health Stigma: Asking for Help

In this panel discussion, former professional athletes will discuss challenges they faced in asking for help when each faced their own mental health crisis. Guest Speakers will share their experiences in getting help with Depression, Substance Use Disorder, and Social Stigma. Representatives will discuss services being offered to athletes struggling with mental health issues and how those services were implemented. Join us as we break the stigma surrounding mental health and normalize the process for everyone.