FAN Take: Get Your Head Right

Posted on August 28, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

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Alright, fans – it’s time we dive into some deeper subject matter: mental health. On Saturday night, Andrew Luck retired from the NFL, citing his need for a different and more healthy way of life. He sustained a laundry list of injuries during his career, including a torn abdomen, concussions, a torn labrum, and a lacerated kidney. And that’s just some of his injuries. So, we think his reasoning is pretty valid. “This is not an easy decision. Honestly, it’s the hardest decision of my life,” Luck told the press. “But it is the right decision for me. For the last four years, I’ve been in a cycle of injury, pain, rehab. And it’s been unceasing and unrelenting both in season and offseason. I’ve felt stuck in it and the only way I see out is to no longer play football. It’s taken the joy out of this game.” If you’re still questioning the necessity of him leaving the game to pursue a more full life, consider the fact that he’s walking away from a contract that offers him $51.8M in future money and the shot at a career that could have taken him to the Super Bowl and Hall of Fame.

Luck wasn’t the only NFL star to retire early this year. Rob Gronkowski hung up his jersey for good in March, and yesterday announced what his next chapter would be. We all thought was him entering the wrestling ring on a more regular basis, but instead revealed he would be partnering with CBDMedic. He shared with reporters that the physical pain brought on by football had a negative impact on his well-being. In his own words, “Football was bringing me down, and I didn’t like it… I was losing that joy in life, the joy. I really was.” He describes his use of CBD products “life-changing,” and that physically, he could absolutely come back to football – but it’s the need for mental rest that is keeping him from coming out of retirement.

Naturally, we want some insight from the fans when it comes to their players’ mental health. Do sports leagues need to put a bigger focus on the mental well-being of athletes? Do you think the FCFL needs to prioritize an athlete’s mental health over their physical health? Do you think they should be valuing their own health higher than what’s best for the team as a whole? If an athlete is looking for help, do you think CBD products should be made available to them without any repercussions in the league? Let us know what you think!