Josef Newgarden

Nothing makes Josef Newgarden’s heart race like an engine that purrs.

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Photography by Leo Howard Lubow

Ryan Jensen and his dog Bella

Bella does what defensive linemen only dream of—she gets around Ryan Jensen.

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Mo Wilkerson and his dog, Oso

Even a sack master like Mo Wilkerson needs the occasional break from hassling quarterbacks.

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Brent Smith

You may be surprised to learn that cuddling puppies is part of Brent Smith’s regular repertoire.

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Photography by Leo Howard Lubow

Only a punk would hurt a cat or dog.

Show Your Soft Side is a public service campaign that was created to change the mindset of young people who all-too-often view the maiming and torturing of defenseless cats and dogs as a sign of “toughness” or “manhood.” The campaign’s message that compassion towards animals is a sign of strength, not weakness, is one that, overnight, struck a nerve with old and young alike. Today, Show Your Soft Side, Inc. uses its reach and resources to build a better world for animals and, in doing so, build better adults. Learn More

Join #TeamSoftSide

Our Softies from the fields of professional sports and entertainment are on the front line of our mission to end animal abuse, but accomplishing that mission will require a literal army.  We’d like to add you to our ranks.  As a #TeamSoftSide member you’ll become more informed and empowered to help the animals in your own community.  Along with quarterly newsletters, you’ll have the chance to take part in virtual events that benefit your local rescues and shelters, earn Soft Side gear and be the first to welcome new Softies on board. To join the team and become a champion for animals, click here.

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