As stories about the self destruction of former NFL players pile up, questions about mental health services for NFL retirees are arising. Currently, assistance is available to former players through the University of Michigan Depression Center, but they have to ask for help:
Nolan Harrison, senior director of former players for the NFLPA, sent out a message Friday offering assistance through the University of Michigan Depression Center if someone reaches out to the NFLPA.
But some do not think such a voluntary system is enough. At least one former player is calling for mandatory counseling for NFL retirees.
“I think it has to be mandatory, because no player, not one, is going to volunteer to go on his own,’’ said former Chargers linebacker Gary Plummer, who was a teammate of Seau’s and played 15 years between the USFL and NFL before his retirement in 1997. “It’s not going to happen.’’
So, what do you think? Should the NFL or NFLPA require mental heath counseling for its retired players?
Of course, to some degree Adrian Peterson is probably just parphrasing what the NFLPA is telling the players: