Former NFL star, Ironwoman star on 40,000 Steps podcast

Former NFL star and musician Joe Barksdale, and world-ranked Ironman Danielle Lewis are the latest guests on the 40,000 Steps Radio podcast. Barksdale won a national championship with LSU in 2008. He also put out five albums last year, and will drop another LP soon. Now he advocates for athletes struggling with mental illness. He himself is on the autism spectrum and has battled depression and suicidal ideations for as long as he can remember. Lewis is moving up the World Ironman rankings, and she opened up on the podcast about her bouts with depression. The 40,000 Steps Radio podcast, which shares stories of victories over mental illness and addiction, is available on all platforms. Learn more about the pod and its host, Christopher Heimerman, at

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