The former NFL player Sam Hurd, a self-described football geek, said in a recent interview that he was warned by his team physician that he would never play football again.
He is among several former players who have spoken out about the devastating effects of mental illness on their lives.
“I was treated for depression, and anxiety.
I was treated with bipolar disorder.
I had post-traumatic stress disorder, which is an anxiety disorder.
There’s been a lot of things that have happened in my life that have made me realize that my mental health was not the sole concern, that there’s been many other things that went on that I wasn’t aware of,” Hurd said.
Hurd was diagnosed with bipolar I disorder in 2006 and was hospitalized nearly every week, often for up to a year.
Hurd had to undergo months of medication.
In 2015, he was hospitalized after suffering a cardiac arrest, a rare event in which a person loses control of their body and falls.
Hudd’s mother, Susan Hurd told CNN that her son, who played football for the Cleveland Browns from 2003 to 2011, was diagnosed in 2012 and hospitalized three times for bipolar I. He underwent two brain surgeries and was released in March 2018.
The Browns signed him to a six-year, $75 million contract.
The Browns said they were unaware of Hurd’s illness and said in an emailed statement that Hurd was an exceptional player who was a highly respected member of our team.
Hudd has not played in the NFL since 2016, when he suffered a concussion.
Huddled said his depression is “a very serious issue.”
“My wife and I are both very concerned for him, and it’s one of those things that you don’t want to see in any situation,” Hudd said.
“There are people out there that are depressed, and we just want to make sure that people that are struggling in any way, shape or form don’t get in that situation.
It’s hard, it’s really hard, but we just really want to be the best we can be for Sam and his family and for his teammates and for himself and for everybody else that we love.”
Hurd said he began to feel suicidal in January 2017, and that he went to the Cleveland Clinic and received help.
“I went to a lot more mental health people than I was ready to.
I think that was probably my first and maybe only experience with the mental health community, honestly,” he said.
His family said they are grateful for the care and support from his teammates.
Hud’s mother said he will be missed by his family, and they are thankful for the help they have received from friends and loved ones.
Huddle said his mother said she was told by her doctor, Dr. James Schaffer, that Hudd was not fit to play football and was unlikely to ever play again.
Schaffer did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.
“We all want to say thank you to the doctors who did what they did for our son,” Huddle said.
“We just want everyone to understand that Sam is still out there with us.”
Hudd was a former cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers, who won the Super Bowl in 2007.
He was a four-time Pro Bowler for the Niners, winning Super Bowl MVP honors in 2011 and ’12.
He played quarterback at Michigan State and Miami before joining the Browns in 2011.