Former Chiefs Star Jamaal Charles Reveals Suicidal Thoughts After NFL Retirement

Former Chiefs Star Jamaal Charles Reveals Suicidal Thoughts After NFL Retirement
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In a raw and emo­tion­al inter­view, for­mer Kansas City Chiefs run­ning back Jamaal Charles has opened up about his bat­tle with depres­sion and sui­ci­dal ideation after retir­ing from the NFL at just 32 years old.

Charles, who spent nine stand­out sea­sons with the Chiefs, admit­ted his “mind was­n’t there” after hang­ing up his cleats in 2019. “I checked out. My body was­n’t the same. It’s like, man, what do I do next?”

The now-37-year-old revealed he “went into basi­cal­ly a dark side” as he strug­gled to find pur­pose and direc­tion after the game he loved for so long. “Nobody reach­ing out to guide me out to tran­si­tion to life after foot­ball,” he lamented.

Charles’ men­tal health strug­gles led him down a trou­bling path. “I start­ed to lose mon­ey, so I start­ed to get real­ly depres­sive and sui­ci­dal,” he recalled. Seek­ing pro­fes­sion­al help through ther­a­py ses­sions ulti­mate­ly proved cru­cial in Charles over­com­ing his dark­est moments.

“At that time I did get ther­a­py, so it’s noth­ing wrong. I did talk to a ther­a­pist to talk about sui­cide thoughts, talk about the hard times,” Charles shared. “At that time, I still was going through ther­a­py and I still is today.”

Dur­ing his Chiefs career, Charles was a two-time First-Team All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowl selec­tion, estab­lish­ing him­self as one of the league’s most dynam­ic run­ning backs. His open­ness about his men­tal health bat­tles after retire­ment serves as an impor­tant reminder of the chal­lenges NFL play­ers can face in tran­si­tion­ing to life after football.

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