May 3, 2018

NFL Tackle Joe Barksdale Discovers Music, Hendrix, and an Intense Devotion to Guitar

This past season, the NFL devoted one week of its 2017 schedule to a campaign called “My Cause, My Cleats.” Among other events, the endeavor involved having hundreds of players take the field for their games in specially designed, custom-made shoes that reflected a cause and organization close to their hearts. Which is how Los Angeles Chargers offensive tackl...

April 2, 2018

The L.A. Chargers offensive lineman talks about his musical journey and what else he likes to do in his off time.

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March 2, 2018

Mental illness is often a taboo subject in the African-American community, especially when it comes discussing the issue in regards to black males. The National Alliance of Mental Health states that in the past year, African-Americans were diagnosed with a form of mental illness nearly half as much as any other race. NFL offensive tackle Joe Barksdale is in that number.

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February 6, 2018

When he’s not chasing his goal of becoming a Hall of Fame right tackle in the NFL, Los Angeles Chargers starting right tackle Joe Barksdale is looking to climb the music charts with his recently released blues-rock album. - Read Article

February 4, 2018

Joe Barksdale has an interesting predicament when it comes to playing the guitar.

While a guitar looks like a natural accoutrement when slung across the chest of most people, Barksdale's 6-foot-5, 320-pound frame makes one look almost like an overgrown ukulele.

To fret barre chords, he had to figure out how to curl his right thumb around the top of the neck to mute the high E string. He had to concentrate harder than regularly sized humans to...

February 2, 2018

The thoughts Joe Barksdale had wrestled with for as long as he could remember started to get louder.

"Just kill yourself. Just do it. What's the point of living if you're going to be this miserable the rest of your life? Just kill yourself." - Read Article

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