Retired New York Giants player Tiki Barber on the emotional challenges that could have faced Junior Seau before his death.
Barber says, “You’re shocked because of the sudden nature of the death but you’re not shocked that you see these things happen. There’s a lot of factors that contribute to depression. One is stress, money stress, family stress…. You’re surprised but you’re not surprised because there are so many factors that lead toward athletes falling into deep, deep depressions and not having a way to get out of it.”
He adds, “I went and worked right away over at NBC doing sports and news, and things felt fine. Three years later I’m going through a divorce, I’m no longer working at NBC, I’m sitting on my couch really trying to figure out what my life is going to be, and I started to feel like I was depressed. Very fortunately I had great friends who lifted me up and got me back into the workforce and doing things and finding meaning for myself. But a lot of guys don