When Canadians think football, they probably don’t also think diabetes. But a campaign featuring 5 Canadian Football League players aims to change that. In partnership with the CFL, Sun Life Financial is raising awareness of the risks of developing type 2 diabetes, and the role of a healthy and active lifestyle in managing and preventing the disease.

John Chick, Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive end

John Chick is a successful athlete and father of 8 who has lived with type 1 diabetes since the age of 14. “Diabetes is a constant reminder,” says the 6’4”, 250-lb. Wyoming native. “I get my butt kicked every day and have to get back up.”

SirVincent Rogers, Ottawa Redblacks offensive lineman

He lost his mother to complications of diabetes, but SirVincent Rogers is doing his best to make sure his children don’t lose their father – or develop the disease themselves. “[My mother’s death] motivates me to stay on top of what I’m doing,” Rogers says. “And I’m adamant with my kids.”

Samuel Giguere, Montreal Alouettes wide receiver

Good health is the number-1 priority for this 6-foot, 215-lb. native of Sherbrooke, Quebec – and he aims to teach that lesson to his 2 daughters, too. “Now that I have kids, the choices I make every day, they see and they replicate,” he says.