Kyle Turley is a former NFL All-Pro offensive lineman, a passionate advocate of football player safety and health issues, and the founder of Neuro XFP, a manufacturer of high quality CBD products. Kyle was recently featured in Weed 4: Pot vs. Pills, the latest installment of CNN’s groundbreaking reported by CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Throughout high school, Kyle excelled in baseball and earned all-state honors in wrestling. However, in his senior year, Kyle decided to play football. His one-season performance attracted athletic scholarship offers from several universities. Kyle chose San Diego State University (SDSU) where his offensive line coach was 17-year NFL veteran and four-time Super Bowl player, Ed White. Kyle was twice named to the All-Western-Conference first team and, in his final season, he was named a first-team All-America, as well as a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy. He was eventually inducted into the SDSU Aztec Hall of Fame.
Kyle was selected 7th overall in the 1998 NFL Draft – the first offensive lineman drafted that year - and joined the New Orleans Saints under Head Coach, Mike Ditka. In his five seasons with the Saints, Kyle received all-rookie honors from Football Weekly, Football News and Football Digest, a first-team All-Pro selection in 2000 and an invitation to the Pro Bowl following the 2001 season. Kyle had a big impact on the field and on Saints fans. His spirited play and colorful personality made him a fan favorite and earned him an invitation to serve as Grand Marshal of the Endymion Parade during Mardi Gras. In 2003, Kyle was traded to the St. Louis Rams, became the one of the highest paid lineman in the league and was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
After a highly successful first season, which included a trip to the playoffs, he suffered a serious back injury that kept him off the field for the next two full seasons. He was released by the Rams and signed by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2006. However, persistent injuries eventually forced his retirement in 2007. Advocacy Kyle retired from football with an addiction to pain-killing drugs, which he believed began when team doctors concealed the severity of his 2003 back injury in efforts to return him to action as quickly as possible. He has become vocal advocate against the indiscriminate and excessive distribution of pain killers to players by team personnel. Kyle also suffered significant neurological problems as a result of multiple severe head impacts sustained throughout his pro football career. He has become a true believer in the power of cannabis to help end addiction to pain killers and help treat early-onset Alzheimer’s, CTE, seizures, vertigo and other medical conditions associated with football-related traumatic brain injuries. In 2016, he was a signatory of an open letter to the NFL, urging the league to change its zero-tolerance policy on the use of cannabis by players. Kyle firmly believes, “Cannabis saved my life.”
His advocacy extends to helping retired NFL players deal with debilitating football-related health issues and inadequate medical and pension benefits. As a board member of Mike Ditka’s Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, Kyle has actively raised money and taken the league, the player’s union and even the U.S. Congress to task for ignoring these critical problems. He was also instrumental in developing the NFL Life Line, a confidential, 24/7 hotline to help current and former NFL players in crisis. Kyle is also a tireless advocate of educating youth sports programs and parents about preventing head trauma and improving sports safety.
In 2017, Kyle took his advocacy of cannabis to the next level by launching Neuro XPF, which manufactures a full line of CBD products specifically tailored to the needs of athletes. Research indicates that CBD (Cannabidiol), a natural organic compound found in cannabis plants, may be a neuroprotectant, as well as an effective therapeutic agent for traumatic brain injuries and many other sports-related conditions. Neuro XPF products are THC-free, “sport approved” and available for sale in all 50 states.
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