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PYP 080: Mike Crockett on Overcoming Addiction, Reconnecting with His True Nature, and Becoming an Unlikely Love Warrior

mike-crockett-veganMike Crockett, aka Big Bald Mike, has an amazing and inspiring story.

A young, gentle giant whose soul hungered for music and peace.

A childhood in Marlin, Texas, being fattened up like a calf for slaughter so he could dominate high school football games.

A carnivorous hunger that had him eating 2600 pounds of meat in a single year – and had him topping out at 571 pounds.

A long spiral into addiction, crime, violence, and self-loathing. A world in which numbing out the pain – physical and emotional – became a full-time job.

A dark night of the soul that culminated in a attempted-suicide overdose that would have killed five ordinary men.

And a path to redemption that includes professional wrestling, a caring lady, kale, and bunnies.


In our conversation, we cover:

  • Mike's early years, and the cost of living up to other's expectations
  • his ongoing struggles equating sheer size with self-worth
  • the crucial difference between remorse and guilt
  • how a video on animal cruelty broke the floodgates of self-protection and returned Mike to his compassionate heart
  • how a whole food, plant-based diet cured his body
  • Mike's life in professional wrestling, including a featured cameo in the Mickey Rourke movieĀ The Wrestler
  • The story and meaning – then and now – of his profane tattoos
  • the differences and similarities between Mike Crockett the person and Big Bald Mike the brand
  • junkie guilt and the phenomenon of drunk dialing
  • the courage required for Mike to face himself and write his autobiography
  • how his love of animals has provided his life with meaning and direction – and how that makes all the effort at self-improvement worthwhile
  • his speaking career – and how little old ladies who used to cross the street at the sight of him now come up and give him hugs
  • and much more…

Note: if you're a commuter, this is a two-ride interview. We spoke for over 100 minutes. (If your commute is longer than an hour and 45 minutes, I don't want to hear about it šŸ˜‰

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4 comments on “PYP 080: Mike Crockett on Overcoming Addiction, Reconnecting with His True Nature, and Becoming an Unlikely Love Warrior

  1. Sonya Taylor says:

    Does anyone have any idea how I can get ahold of Mike? Of just like to know that he’s ok.

    1. Howard says:

      I’m sorry, I don’t. You might try Engine 2 – they’ve had him speak at events.


  2. Sonya Marie Taylor says:

    If anyone knows how to get ahold of Mike Crockett now days, please ley me know if he’s ok.

    1. Howard says:

      I’ve wondered myself – haven’t heard from/of him in a while.

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