So, you think the life of a footballer is easy? In some cases you would be right, but for many involved in the beautiful game, life can be just as tough as it is for the rest of us.
Imagine being told you had to quit your dream profession at the age of 21…
This was what former footballer Mark O’Brien was told by Derby County’s club doctor at the age of 16, just weeks after making his professional debut.
Despite this, O’Brien did not let his determination take a hit, he fought hard, and through sheer will power, managed to live out his dream for almost seven years longer than expected, retiring earlier this year at the age of 27.
His career saw him captain Newport County at Wembley Stadium and play a part in a number of FA Cup shocks against the likes of ex-Premier League champions Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur.
In this episode, O’Brien discusses how he remained positive despite hearing such traumatic news at a young age. He also talks about the highs and lows of his recovery from his recent heart surgery which led to him having to re-learn how to walk and run.
If you enjoy hearing underdog stories, this episode is definitely for you.