59 episodes

Inspirational tales of the recovery journey - with Darren Waller, tight end for the Las Vegas Raiders, and Donny Starkins, international yoga instructor, mindfulness teacher, and personal development coach.

Comeback Stories Darren Waller and Donny Starkins

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    • 5.0 • 271 Ratings

Inspirational tales of the recovery journey - with Darren Waller, tight end for the Las Vegas Raiders, and Donny Starkins, international yoga instructor, mindfulness teacher, and personal development coach.

    Erik Harris' Comeback Story

    Erik Harris' Comeback Story

    On this episode of Comeback Stories, Darren & Donny are joined by Erik Harris, Free Safety for the Atlanta Falcons. Erik describes growing up poor in a turbulent household with 5 siblings, and how his mother's leap of faith changed everything for him. He details how the lack of a father figure led him to sports, which instilled discipline and taught him how to overcome adversity.
    Erik tells you how he was able to train for CFL tryouts while working overnights at UPS...and how his determination & resiliency turned into an life-changing professional football contract. He also talks about how faith (and gospel signing) saved him from his own ego and how reflection has led him to becoming a truly grateful servant.

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    • 40 min
    David Meltzer's Comeback Story

    David Meltzer's Comeback Story

    On this episode of Comeback Stories, Darren & Donny are joined by David Meltzer, 3x International Best-Selling Author and Host of The Playbook Podcast. David's mission in life is to empower over 1 billion people to be happy, and he details how he overcame his own share of pain & setbacks on his road to happiness.
    David explains how his faith and consistent nature has allowed him to maintain a "profitable, purposeful & passionate" life. He also describes how therapy is absolutely essential for everyone, teaching us how to both heal and learn about ourselves simultaneously.

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    • 47 min
    Maxx Crosby's Comeback Story

    Maxx Crosby's Comeback Story

    On this episode of Comeback Stories, Darren & Donny are joined by Raiders Pro Bowl DE Maxx Crosby. Maxx starts by describing how he grew up extremely insecure as a child and had a singular focus in chasing his dream of being an NFL star. He then talks about how alcoholism overpowered that strong will and almost took everything away at the height of his early NFL career.
    Maxx speaks about the support he's received to stay the course and how those loved ones have inspired him to stay sober for over two years now. He also describes to how a day-to-day approach in getting sober gave him both the structure & perspective to amplify his leadership on the field.

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    🚀 DARREN WALLER 🚀
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    • 35 min
    Michael Phelps' Comeback Story

    Michael Phelps' Comeback Story

    On this episode of Comeback Stories, Darren & Donny are joined by Michael Phelps. Michael shares his story of battling depression on his way to winning 28 medals, becoming the most decorated Olympian of all-time. Michael talks about consciously deciding to leave himself vulnerable, the process of dealing with deep rooted family issues & his subsequent therapy and recovery.
    Michael tells you how small changes made a huge difference in his mental health awareness, how quarantining during the pandemic helped to separate his personal & professional lives, and why becoming a mental health advocate has opened his eyes to a greater sense of self.

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    🚀 DARREN WALLER 🚀
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    • 49 min
    Tony Hoffman’s Comeback Story - One Choice That Can Change Everything

    Tony Hoffman’s Comeback Story - One Choice That Can Change Everything

    After overcoming drug addiction that led to homelessness and prison, Tony Hoffman went on to acquire many great accolades. His goal is to motivate his audience through the methods he personally used to overcome his struggles into the one choice that can change the rest of their life for the better. Learn about the quote that Tony discovered in prison that unlocked the mental shackles he had placed on himself, and about Tony’s journey out of addiction and despair into a life of service and gratitude.
    Tony grew up in a typical middle class family where his parents worked all the time. His parents' absence very often meant that Tony had to figure things out on his own. He was naturally gifted at sports and fell in love with basketball despite being short.
    The biggest challenge as an athlete for Tony was that he didn’t have the life skills necessary to be coachable while growing up. Tony struggled with mental health issues because of the hole in his life where he needed his parents to be.
    Tony talks a lot about being 12 years old, which was the time in his life when he started to form his perspective on the world. His social anxiety led to self-loathing. He confessed his thoughts to his mother, but her inability to handle the situation only made things worse.
    Tony didn’t want to be treated like he was better than other people. He had to hire a sports psychologist to help him accept that he was gifted, and beating someone in sports doesn’t mean you are better than them.
    He ignored many teachers who tried to teach him about life when he was younger because he wasn’t ready to learn at that time. Tony’s first basketball coach was one of them.
    Tony quit racing at 18 to take a computer networking job in San Francisco. It was at that time he started experimenting with marijuana. This process of experimentation led to an oxycontin addiction which eventually resulted in Tony being a part of an armed house invasion of his best friend’s house to steal pills.
    Tony likens an opioid withdrawal to suffering from a flu that’s 100 times worse than usual, and you can get rid of the symptoms with a single pill.
    Tony’s rock bottom occurred a few years later where he was strung out on heroin and meth, and his brokenness made him lose all concern for himself. The drugs that he thought were fixing his pain were killing him, and he knew that and didn’t care.
    Tony had a spiritual experience on Jan 21, 2007 after being sentenced to prison. Tony tells people that he had been in a mental prison for 23 years, one that he created himself. Most people have created a mental prison for themselves without realizing it. While he was in jail, Tony saw a quote on the ceiling of his cell that changed his life.
    Tony realized that his gift was given to him for a reason and he became committed to getting out of prison and making the most of it. He decided that he would commit to doing the little things well and that would lead to making the big things better.
    Tony changed his narrative from quitting everything he ever tried to knowing that he is deserving of love and passing it on to other people. 
    Human beings seem to be the only beings on the planet that only take and rarely give back. Tony feels like that is the source of his discontent, and he can only feel fulfilled by giving and service to others.
    The pandemic has been challenging for Tony since he shifted so much of what he was doing to public speaking, but as long as he knows what his values are they will always lead him to where he is effective. Focusing on the house, or the car, or the wealth will always lead to an empty well.
    Understanding your core values is important because they are the bedrock for who you are. When you fall out of alignment with those core values, that’s when things fall apart.
    Tony views going to prison and being stuck with himself as a gift. It forced him to assess the times in his life when he felt happy and what his core values are, specificall

    • 45 min
    Impact of the Lone Wolf

    Impact of the Lone Wolf

    Carl Nassib joins us to do his first interview since coming out publicly in the NFL. His story is a testament for everyone to look deeper and realize that we all share similarities in this life of truth, discovery and triumph. In hopes to inspire the youth and bring further awareness about the LGBTQ community. Being the first does not mean having to stand alone.
    Carl felt he had a huge obligation to the LGBTQ community to come out publicly and tell his story. He did not come out publicly to break barriers. It wasn’t until 4 years ago when he actually realized he was Gay. He struggled with the idea that he needed to be someone else’s priority.
    He came from an Athletic family of 4 kids, his Mother, father and siblings were also in sports.
    Carl never lacked in Confidence, due to his mother who alway’s pushed him to be his best, keep a high standards.
    He never puts too much stock in things or people that put him down in life, only focuses on the things that brings him happiness.
    While in College at Penn State was the nation leader in sacks.
    Before becoming a Raider, he played for the Browns but was later cut from the team. This fueled his fire to play better and be the best.
    He learned early on to not focus on being like others but to be himself.
    Carl is the first active NFL player to come out publicly as gay, which coming out to his family was already stressful, however with the support of family and friends, this eased his decision to go public.
    He feels that if he can just help a few kids who are also finding themselves in a similar situation than it would allow him to sleep better at night.
    Teammates Darren Waller, Maxx Crosby have played a pivotal role inspiring Carl by telling their individual life stories in a team meeting. Choosing to come out publicly in the NFL has proven to be even more stressful, most would believe it to be the opposite.
    Your confidence shouldn’t be based on what other people say if you think you’re amazing because of what other people say, you don’t have confidence.
    Be confident seven days a week.

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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
271 Ratings

271 Ratings

Espielopez0112 ,

Keep up the amazing work !! God’s Grace🙏🏽

#1 Supporter-Building our community starts with ourselves. Just Because

iggy619 ,

Thanks

I heard about this podcast thru Wallers IG live and man is comeback stories awesome also I would tune in to his IG live he has a lot of great stuff he talks about.

New Beginings 23x2 ,

Thank You

I discovered this podcast a few months ago when I was watching a live session on IG with Darren and Donny. I religiously tune in every week for motivation, emotional support and a mental reset on my life. I’m grateful to Donny and Darren as well as the phenomenal and insightful guests that they have interviewed. Thank you and I am grateful.

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