Calvin Ridley’s Decision Reacts to an Ex-Struggled NFL Quarterback
On Sunday, October 2nd,
Calvin Ridley, the Atlanta Falcons’ star wide receiver, was ruled inactive for the second time this season on October 31 against the Carolina Panthers due to personal reasons.
His mysterious disappearance sparked a flurry of questions and fears.
However, in the second half, Ridley announced that he would be retiring from football until further notice, giving the Falcons some clarity:
“As much as I’d like to be on the field competing with my teammates, I need to step away from football at this time and focus on my mental wellbeing,” Ridley wrote on Twitter.
“This will assist me in becoming the best version of myself both now and in the future.”
“I’d like to express my gratitude to my teammates, the entire Atlanta Falcons organization, our adoring fans, my friends, and my family for their unwavering support during this difficult time.”
His decision sparked at least a week of candid and open discussion about mental health in the NFL, but the difficult subject remains.
Calvin Ridley’s Decision Reacts Former NFL QB Ryan Leaf
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf recently appeared on the Rich Eisen Show, where he discussed his reaction to Ridley’s decision and what kind of reaction he would have gotten in 1998 if he had chosen to leave the game to address his mental issues.
Leaf explained, “I would have been crucified.”
“They would have looked at me like I was crazy in 1998.”
To put it another way, Rich.
None of this has ever had a trailblazer.
So I was in Seattle when I had to decide whether or not to continue playing.
Mike Holmgren was the head coach at the time, and instead of walking into his office and saying, “Mike, I’m not sure what’s wrong,” he went into his office and said, “Mike, I’m not sure what’s wrong.”
I’m unable to get out of bed.
All the time, I’m sad.
I’m feeling sluggish.
I’m not sure what to do, could you help me?’––I’ve never seen another man do that in my life, growing up in Montana with the cowboy culture and in locker rooms.
“How was I supposed to know to do something like that in that moment as a 21-year-old trying to lead a group of men?”
It would not have been tolerated.
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