Don McPherson on War and the NFL

RADIO – Don McPherson is a former NFL player, as well as an educator and social activist and has some strong opinions on social issues, including gender roles in America.

McPherson went to Syracuse University and won the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, and finished second in the 1987 Heisman Trophy voting.  He was drafted in 1988 by the Philadelphia Eagles, and also played for the Houston Oilers, as well as the CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Ottawa Rough-Riders.  He was inducted into the NCAA College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.

After he stopped playing football, he became the first executive director of the Sports Leadership Institute at Adelphi University, and he is currently a commentator for Big East football.

McPherson has been a leader for social reform, particularly as a critic of gender roles and as a spokesman for the responsibility of men to deal with issues related to domestic violence.  This week on the Edge of Sports, McPherson speaks with Dave Zirin on these issues as well as the NFL’s commemoration of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, and the NFL’s relationship to masculinity and militarism.

Don McPherson as a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show
Don McPherson as a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show (Photo credit:




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