May 16, 2013

A LINEMAN FOR THE COUNTRY:

An NFL Lineman Finds His Inner Troubadour : Musician Erin McKeown talks with former NFL offensive lineman Brian Barthelmes, now the frontman for indie folk band Tallahassee. (Erin McKeown, 5/15/13, WNY: Soundcheck)

Former NFL offensive lineman Brian Barthelmes is the frontman of the indie-folk band Tallahassee. After growing up in rural Ohio -- between Cleveland and Pittsburgh -- Barthelmes landed a scholarship to the University of Virginia. He red-shirted his first year, then started the next four years on the offensive line. Picked up as a free agent after the 2006 draft, Barthelmes signed with the New England Patriots as a center and swing guard. After spending parts of the next two seasons on the Patriots practice squad, Barthelmes made the decision to move on from football.

"I was never a big fan of football culture, nor big business," he says. "The moving and life style were aiding in some of my mental illness problems. I decided to take a year off to sort out my health and then decided to stay out of the game."

Given that statement, it makes sense that a life as an independent musician would be so appealing and prove more satisfying. As Barthelmes further explained, being a musician has created a more healthful, creative, and fufilling environment for him than professional sports.

Posted by at May 16, 2013 5:15 AM
  

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