Originally Posted by ollinger
The research on athlete suicide suggests it's not the loss of athletic ability, aderenaline high, or loss of attention/glory that impacts them. The risk factors that increase suicide generally among men -- divorce, alcohol abuse, lack of employment, chronic pain -- are all very prevalent among retired NFL players, who have a suicide rate six times that of the general population.
But is there any data to show that the highlit reasons don't lead to more divorce, alcohol abuse and emotional issues that would impact employability?
It's all valid. Only the overly simplistic would ignore the very atypical lives that NFL retirees have lived, starting well before they ever played Pro ball.