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Reid Forgrave's "Love, Zac" Tells Tragic Story Of Indianola Football Player

Courtesy of the Easter family.
Zac Easter (back row, middle) suffered from CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) before his death by suicide at the age of 24. Zac's family started a foundation, CTE Hope, to help create more awareness about CTE.

Zac Easter of Indianola loved football. He was driven to be the best, but concussion after concussion led to the end of his football career and ultimately ended his life.

Easter started playing tackle football in third grade. He went full throttle through high school, but the injuries he repeatedly sustained meant he could go no further on the football field. The price Easter paid for his love of the game is chronicled in the new book "Love, Zac : Small-Town Football and the Life and Death of an American Boy"

Host Charity Nebbe is joined by author Reid Forgrave as well as Zac's mother and former girlfriend to remember Zac's life and to discuss the culture surrounding American football.


Reid Forgrave, author of "Love, Zac: Small town football and the life and death of an American boy" and reporter at the Minneapolis Star Tribune

Brenda Easter, Zac's mother

Ali Epperson, Zac's former girlfriend

Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River