The Hard Way w/ Joe De Sena

“The original goal was to try to become the first NFL player to ever climb the Seven Summits, and when that got pushed out a year, I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to double down. And I’m going to not only go up and climb Mt. Everest, I’m going to come back down, and then I’m going to go up the other side,’ which is Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain in the world. And, at the end of the day, that didn’t happen because I would have died on Lhotse,” says Mark Pattison, former NFL player who just conquered the Seven Summits.

Mark Pattison has played professional football, is an Executive at Sports Illustrated, and the 1st NFL player to climb the Seven Summits. In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Competitive greatness
  • Having a “big hairy audacious goal”
  • Healing by being connected with nature
  • Adjusting to the elements to reach a goal instead of changing the goal


On top of all this, he has a documentary presented by NFL 360 coming out TONIGHT, 9/23, “doors” open at 7:30 PM Central Time, and the film starts at 8:00.

Buy tickets to stream Mark’s documentary, “Searching For The Summit,” here:

* This episode was recorded on Wednesday, September 22 *


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Producer: Lake Watters

Host: Jarod Cogswell and Yancy Culp

Sr Producer: Marion Abrams


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