Former NFL LB Andra Davis Discusses Contemplating Suicide, Depression and More

December 7, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The picture Andra Davis paints is sadly familiar. Another former NFL player sitting in a room, his body and head aching as a combination of physical and mental pain causes him to contemplate ending his life. 
"I've had a pistol in my hand," Davis told Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post. "It wasn't because of finances. It wasn't because I didn't have anyone there to love and support me. I didn't know what was going on. I had headaches, my body hurt. I felt like nobody cared about me. I was like, 'Man, I don't really care if I'm here or not.' "
The 36-year-old played 10 NFL seasons, ending his career after a two-year stint with the Buffalo Bills in 2011. His career was far longer than most, but he found himself stuck in a post-football malaise. He wasn't only losing the chance to play the game he loved; he was also losing the locker room camaraderie and feeling of importance that comes with being a star athlete.  
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