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14 Winning Athletes With Diabetes

By dadcamp |

A few weeks ago, Kyle Love was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. This week he lost his job over the diagnosis.

That’s the black and white truth. You could explain away the situation because Kyle Love happened to have been a defensive tackle for the New England Patriots. After the diagnosis he dropped 30 pounds off his 310 pound frame, thereby causing the team to cut him with a “non-football illness designation.”

In plain English, Kyle Love was fired because he has diabetes. But he’s not alone, there are dozens of athletes with diabetes, many of them legendary.

This week I am off on another journey with Team Diabetes. Over the past 5 years, I have raised more than $25 000 to help people living with diabetes, and pre-diabetes. The money I raise goes to research, support programs, and awareness.

Awareness is the central point of what Team Diabetes is about. As we do our fundraising, we are telling everyone about diabetes, the importance of being active, and having a healthy diet. It’s too bad I couldn’t sit down with the New England Patriots and explain to them that athletes with diabetes is not a ‘firing offence.’

Bill Belichick, and the rest of the Patriots front office, the message you are sending to kids with diabetes is terrible. Instead of keeping an athlete who could act as a role model to tens of thousands of kids, you are cutting him loose – deeming him broken and worthless.

Athletes with diabetes are not broken. It’s treatable, and manageable. In fact, Kyle Love has been managing his Type 2 diagnosis and is ready to ball this fall.

Shame on you, Pats. Just check out this list of athletes with diabetes who went on to huge success.

14 Pro Athletes With Diabetes And Succeeding - Babble

Winning Athletes With Diabetes

For these athletes, diabetes (and their team) didn't get in the way of success, it was just part of the training.

**UPDATE** The moment Love was put on waivers, the Jacksonsville Jaguars picked him up. Looks like I’ve got a new favorite team.

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DadCAMP is Buzz Bishop, a dad, broadcaster, writer, and runner from Calgary, Alberta. When not working the mic on XL103, or wrangling his two boys, he's always training for another Team Diabetes marathon somewhere in the world. Read bio and latest posts → Read Buzz's latest posts →

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  1. Megan says:

    You forgot Baseball Hall of Fame member Ron Santo. Ron Santo had Type 1 Diabetes. He played for the Chicago Cubs from 1960-1973 and finished out one last season with the Chicago White Sox in 1974. He was a 9 time All-Star third baseman. He was also part of the Cubs broadcasting team for the last 20 years of his life. Santo was a huge supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and his Ron Santo Walk to Cure Diabetes in Chicago has raised over $65 million over the years.

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