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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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46.

Justin Kenzior    

Poor Jr,,,i feel bad but why does everyone cry victim after the fact? Look, these guys get paid millions and always know the risks of playing the game it comes with it. At the end of the day even way back when its their job to look out for number 1. I feel bad this happen to such a great person..but to blame the real world?...he hasnt lived in the real world since before he got drafted prolly..

833 days ago
47.

Miriam L. Wright    

Rick Fox, Kindly STFU!! There was nothing Junior could not handle. Sadly, something was hurting him deep inside and he thought he could just play through it, but he was wrong.

Who are you to weigh in like some sort of psychologist? You are a washed up basketball player and an incompetent actor at best.

829 days ago
48.

bria    

WOW

569 days ago
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