In this weeks Monday Morning Quarterback at SI.com, Peter King leads with a long interview with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Much of the discussion is about the well-being of players, both while theyre in the league and after.
King mentions how the Redskins London Fletcher said hed like to see mandatory post-career counseling for players.
Goodell responded: "Well, at least an evaluation. That's something that's being discussed as a part of your exit physical. Part of that is mental health evaluation to see what it can be. I've heard that from players myself. And we are evaluating it.
Goodell acknowledged the baggage attached for anyone seeking help. There's still that stigma that mental health is a weakness. It's not. Depression, anxiety, these are very common.
When a player is done as an athlete, he loses so much, particularly how his life has been scheduled for him.
As you know, these players are given a very specific structure. 'This is the schedule for tomorrow. This is the schedule for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.' That's gone all of a sudden. I had a couple of players tell me, 'It's Monday morning and next thing I know it's Friday. Nobody was structuring my life.'
In the wake of Junior Seaus death, we can only hope NFL players will take advantage of such things as the NFLs new Ambassador Program, which uses retired players as advisers.