KJ Hamler, Broncos recipient, advocates for mental health

Selected in the second round of the 2020 Draft from Penn State, Denver Broncos quarterback KJ Hamler has struggled with injuries in his brief NFL career, playing just 16 games with six games. However, it showed enough explosive potential for the player to obtain Those who know Excited about how he succeeded in the new Denver offensive led by Russell Wilson.

On Monday, Humler put pads on for the first time in nearly a year – he was removed from the physically unable to perform list and was able to rehearse. It was great news after a long wait – Humler suffered a ruptured ACL and dislocated hip in week three of the Broncos’ 2021 season.

After the exercise, Humler spoke by way of back – both physically and mentally.

“It’s been a tough ride, to be honest. There was a lot of stuff I was dealing with and stacking on top of each other. At some point, just dealing with the ACL and then some other things. [with] family situations. The love of my life, Grandma, died, and that was the hardest thing. It was on my back for a while.

Then Humler said he wished he didn’t have to go through all of it himself.

“I wish I had asked for help, because at some point in my life – and I’ll be honest with all of you because I’m more vulnerable and confident just by saying it. At one point, I didn’t want to be here. I don’t want to be in this world. There was a point One I didn’t want to hear anymore because I lost my grandmother and it really hurts. God gave me the strength to get out of that hole because he knew I was strong enough to get through it [it]. I didn’t feel like I was at the time. Just getting out of that hole was really, really hard. Just having all of these things piled on top of each other, it was a difficult process. Just to see where I am from where I started and where I am now, [it’s] It was a big change. I’m proud of myself and I know my grandmother is proud.”

Humler said that while he’s in a much better state of mind now, it’s been tough for a while. It was especially difficult when he was told that his grandmother had died.

“The night I got that call. You guys don’t understand. That was my mom. My grandmother was my mom. I took her to get her hair done, and I took her to get food all the time. Every time I came home I saw her first. I called her every Monday. When I missed that call on that Monday and then we got the call on Saturday…There’s a lot of regret in my heart from that.It’s been three months since my surgery.I was so sorry for myself about it.It still kind of haunts me to this day, Although I’d better. When you lose the woman who raised you, it’s just a different feeling.”

While Humler didn’t talk to anyone when feelings first took hold, he did get help. It was a revelation to him.

“I was just in a cocoon, wrapped up. I just kept everything to myself. I feel, as a man, that we always say to be tough or just forbid everything. You have to be a man. You have to be tough. This is just not the prime example of a masculine man. In Sometimes you have to let it out.Sometimes you need help, and you’re just starting to learn that now.

“At the end of the day, I talked more. I was in therapy. Checked in therapy. I talked to my guys more, I talked to my mom, I talked to my parents and all the people who care about me are here because I don’t have any family here.” [I’m] I’m just trying my best to be a better version of myself.”

How was the treatment for him?

“Treatment has its ups and downs. There are definitely ups and downs. Some days, you hear what you want to hear, then some days, you don’t hear the things you want to hear. It’s just that—that’s life. Life isn’t perfect. I’m not perfect, I’m human. I’m not Afraid to tell you everything I’ve been through. It’s been a tough year, but you see me where I am now. You see I’m still here and still working to be the best version of myself. I know everyone here is proud of me. I’m proud of where I come from – step 1 so Now. I’ll keep pushing from there.”

More and more NFL players are publicly making efforts to help themselves with their mental health. Last year, Lynne Johnson missed the Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle three games to deal with depression and anxiety.

“To be honest, I was ashamed” Johnson told Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, when asked why he kept his struggle quiet for so long. “In this league, the NFL, where it’s a wrestler-type sport, it’s something that’s not often talked about but often felt throughout the league.”

The unspoken part of the story seems to be changing, and that’s a vital and positive change for NFL players – people who have long walked through the myth that players don’t discuss their problems.

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