Former NFL running back Willis McGahee has opened up about how he had suicidal thoughts after retiring from the NFL in 2013.
According to Willis, he contemplated taking his own life “a couple times” as “he struggled to find his purpose off the gridiron”.
This is what 42-year-old McGahee had to say about the aftermath of retiring in 2013.
“When it’s gone, you really have nothing to fall back on. It’s just a lot coming at you, man, and it gets mentally tough.”
McGahee was a stellar running back, but his career was plagued by countless injuries. Despite his recurring ailments, he managed to earn more than 8,400 yards and 65 touchdowns on the ground … adding over 1,300 yards and another five touchdowns receiving.
Even though he felt like he could still play following the 2013 season, the league felt otherwise … and he was forced to move on — something he said he really struggled with in the years following.
McGahee said he has gotten better with his mental health struggles by going to therapy and focusing on his 10 children — but his physical pain continues to this day, and he claims the NFL is abandoning players like him who need help through its disability benefits.
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