Joe Ehrmann played 13 years of professional football, the first eight with the Baltimore Colts and the final three in the United States Football League. He wrote one book about how sports can transform lives and was the subject of another. He coached and was active in the ministry and in numerous social and charitable causes.
He finally started to think about slowing down, but a meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the aftermath of former Ravens running back Ray Rice’s 2014 domestic violence incident convinced him that there was plenty more work for him to do. After the meeting with Goodell, he picked up the phone and called Jody Redman, a former athlete with extensive experience as an administrator, teacher and coach, and the InSideOut Initiative was born.