I’m sure folks know of Terry Crews, if not by name than by face, as he’s been in a string of mainstream movies (Bridesmaids, Get Smart) and TV shows (Everybody Hates Chris, Arrested Development, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) over the last decade. Prior to becoming an actor, Crews was a defensive end/linebacker for a bunch of NFL teams – his NFL career lasted 5 years.
In December 2014, Crews was a guest on Q where he spoke about masculinity, gender, race, professional sports and family. It’s a fabulous interview because Crews is very open and honest about his personal struggles with manhood. He talks at length about how following social norms led him to be a destructive force in his own life and the lives of his family.
Crews also published a book on this topic, Manhood: How To Be A Better Man – Or Just Live With One, which is part memoir, part philosophy/self-help. I find it super cool that he is doing this work … it’s important.