If you’re not familiar, from 2007-2016, Goldson, wreaked havoc on opposing NFL offenses with punishing hits week in and week out for about seven solid seasons. Earning two trips to the NFL Pro Bowl in 2011 and 2012, and a nod for first-team All-Pro in 2012 as well, Goldson made a name for himself as “The Hawk,” a hard-hitting safety with a predatorial style of swooping in for tackles. Now a few years removed from the NFL, Goldson, is still into hard-hitting, having embraced boxing as a means of staying fit and disciplined in both body and mind.
Learn why Goldson still takes physical training seriously, and how this mindset has helped him transition his dominance from the playing field to the field of successful entrepreneurship.
How has your approach to fitness changed now that you’re no longer playing football?
Fitness has always been a part of my life on and off the field since a kid it’s just been my regime. I still train just as hard if not even harder now, it’s in my DNA.
Here’s just a couple of Dashon’s greatest hits:
What is the biggest challenge you face regarding staying in shape?
I’m an athlete, so it’s truly a part of my life and daily regime. I think for others the discipline can be difficult staying committed, but this weeds out people that truly want it from those that don’t. For me, my health comes first, so I stay committed.
Why did you decide to take up boxing as your main approach to staying fit?
I’ve always been into martial arts, a while back when I had an injury I did therapy via MMA, and it was life-changing. So boxing is the next best thing for me and my body. I feel strong, and it keeps me on my toes, but football conditioning is still my primary form of training.
What do you eat on a typical day?[Laughs] My diet is a bit tricky; I’m fortunate enough to be able to eat what I want being that I do train hard. However, it’s not as strict as it should be. I keep up with my protein intake, but I do have a sweet tooth. I stay in between 4-6 small meals per day.
What does your workout schedule look like during a typical week?
Tuesday and Friday I’m working on conditioning with boxing; MWF Gym workouts that consist of weights and some cardio.
After training, Dashon is all about business.
Since 2007, he’s been passionate about cigars after a couple of fellow athletes gave him a few cigars to try while attending a party in Las Vegas. His passion for cigars motivated him to open Smo-Kings, an ultra cigar shop, and lounge, offering club members a sophisticated experience with private lockers, 7 flat-screen TVs, and a 100-inch projector screen.
How did your cigar business come about?
I love the brotherhood of the lounge, and the cigar culture itself to me is just elite. I wanted to bring that to my community and bring brotherhood back in an atmosphere where men can sit and chat about business, sports, and family.
What is the secret to choosing a good cigar?
There’s no real secret on selecting a cigar. It comes down to your mood as a regular smoker, and what you can handle as a virgin smoker [laughs].
What is your response to people who might question how smoking cigars can be a part of a healthy lifestyle?
Mental health. Simple as that. Rather than turning to alcohol or schedule one drugs, I feel like the idea of enjoying a cigar does it for me. I think an occasional cigar may help with a person’s leisure way to find that space of relaxations. That lightens the load of everyday life.
Follow Dashon on social media. @smokingscigars @hawk_inc
Gym: Free Spirit Boxing & Fitness
Trainer: Cooper Gibson