No one is escaping the stress of these past few months unscathed, and that includes professional athletes, who, underneath the helmets and beyond the superhuman accomplishments, are people just like the rest of us.
Just ask Dak Prescott.
The Cowboys quarterback has been contending with the same terrible events of 2020 as the rest of us, but he’s also dealing with the loss of his brother, who committed suicide in the spring, having struggled to watch their mom fight colon cancer.
Just before the kickoff of the NFL season, Prescott participated in an interview with Graham Bensinger, in which he shared his battle with depression in the aftermath of his brother’s death. Dak’s interview received some blowback, particularly from the insensitive and reliably controversial Skip Bayless, but the quarterback’s strength can not be discounted.
In a world in which men, and especially athletes, are expected to be stoic and strong, Dak’s willingness to speak out and be open and honest about his mental health will go a long way towards helping erase the stigma around such challenges and may have more of an impact than playing football.
Watch the interview: