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Rick Fox

The Real World Was Too

Much For Junior Seau

5/5/2012 8:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Junior Seau
fell victim to a problem encountered by many former pro athletes -- post-career depression -- this according to former pro athlete-turned-actor Rick Fox.

Fox tells TMZ, retiring from a professional sport leads to a massive shift in lifestyle -- from glorified hero to relative anonymity -- and for some players, the change is too tough to handle.

Fox tells us, "At the end of the day [Junior] shot himself in the chest, which is the heart, and a lot of people die of a broken heart when they leave the game."

Fox adds, "The real world is a rough place, man ... Depression is real."

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31.

Michelle    

People, you're not understanding or reading the article. He's not saying that the real world isn't difficult for all of us but he is saying that the transition from the limelight and football to the real world, for Junior Seau, was just too much.
You'll see when - yes, when you have a family member or a close friend who can't cope and ends their life.

872 days ago
32.

Bird    

I love how TMZ did all of this unnecessary sh_t to "improve" the site, but the "Like/Hate" buttons still don't work half of the time. Priorities, priorities...

872 days ago
33.

PBezukov    

He couldn't stand being a random schmuck like the rest of us. Hm. Maybe he had a point.

872 days ago
34.

boatrgirl    

He should have popped some pills and washed it down with booze. What a horrific scene for the family to remember. He could have left a little more quieter.

872 days ago
35.

gitRdun    

Yes it's soooo depressing retiring in your mid-40 a multimillionaire who will never have to do a single thing he doesn't want to do for the rest of his life. If he was more fortunate he would be still working all day in some factory for barely minimum wage and praying he doesn't get sick or lose his job like so many others.

Rick Fox needs to learn about the REAL WORLD before he runs his mouth with such stupidity.

872 days ago
36.

John Q    

Nobody knows what was going on inside Junior's head accept for Junior. It could have been depression, bad headaches, night terrors, or a laundry list of many other things. I believe that once his brain is examined, there may be a few more answers as to why he did what he did.

872 days ago
37.

EDS58    

Can someone please tell me when Rick Fox got his psychology degree?

872 days ago
38.

SUNIA3    

no one knows what was going on inside his head. people need to back off and stop judging. go work on your own life.

871 days ago
39.

DrBondTV    

Rick Fox doesn't know anything about Junior Seau. Junior's death is sad and the concussion issue is far more vast than most realize. Depression is a symptom of CTE, the disorder caused by repeated concussions. One day things are fine, then it can go downhill fast. Just pray for Junior's family.

871 days ago
40.

Steph    

He was no random schmuck. He was a great man who loved helping his community. He had such a kind heart. He was just facing a terrible disease and lost.

871 days ago
41.

maria    

Rick Fox is wrong. Junior was heavily involved in his community and had a successful restaurant. Rick you are not a doctor, SHUT UP.

871 days ago
42.

kerrybabyxx    

Why didn't he do himself a favour and seek help,for his depression/brain trauma.Let people around know....

871 days ago
43.

p51d007    

Let's see...Fran Tarkington, Howie Long, Terry Bradshaw, Marcus Allen, Troy Aikmen and on and on...sure didn't seem to have a problem. Maybe it has to do with their "handlers" from the time they were stars in high school, college, pro ball, their childhood upbringing.
Depression is one thing, but suicide is a chicken way to deal with it. Retiring with that much money, go find something to do than sit on the couch & say you are depressed...in your million dollar home with 6 cars in the garage...

871 days ago
44.

Fantastic Four    

Interesting that the media focus is on repeated concussive impact of these players and completely ignores that every single one of them heavily abused anabolic steroids during their careers.

Junior Seau weighed 65 lbs less when he died than when he was a player just a few years earlier.

Either way the NFL is guilty of ignoring health issues of players, but the media is guilty of ignoring anabolic steroids and other PEDs as being co-morbid factors.

871 days ago
45.

jodi    

Well Said... The theory of Hero to Zero is hard for the average person to understand... He is right, we coddle athletes put them on a pedestal... When their usefulness is done we discard them... These guys invest their childhood and young adulthood chasing the dream... Very little thought goes into after the career...

870 days ago
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