Cleveland Browns offensive linemen Chris Hubbard talked not only about his physical health, but his mental health with Jim Rome after suffering back to back season-ending injuries. In 2020, he suffered a dislocated kneecap with the help of the formidable New York Giants turf and in the first game of the 2021 season, he suffered a torn triceps muscle.
Hubbard was a featured speaker at the Luncheon at the National Alliance of Mental Wellness Summit in an effort to help people understand that they are not alone. He wants people to be more open about their struggles to create a dialogue and produce better mental health outcomes.
Hubbard’s life was shaped by loss including the death of his grandfather, a large part of his life when he was a college freshman. His cousin, a close friend, was killed at the age of 19.
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On May 28 and 29, Hubbard will host a Cars and Coffee Rally on State Route 555, a section of the road that runs south in Zanesville, Ohio. This is in an effort to raise awareness of mental health. It’s an event Hubbard has been running for a number of years. Last year’s event took place in Columbus, Georgia, Hubbard’s hometown.
A critical part of the Browns ’offensive line during 2020, injuries forced the Browns to use Hubbard across the line as the sixth man on the unit. Hubbard played with two tackle spots and right guard over the course of the year, allowing them to get through injuries and run to the playoffs.
What he didn’t have due to injury in 2021 was a huge loss and the Browns never got up. He was in the game due to an ankle injury suffered at the start of left tackle Jedrick Wills.
Despite the injuries, the Browns thought Hubbard was strong enough to bring him back to keep the unit in an effort to avoid a turnaround last year and they could make a deeper run in the playoffs.