Hayden Hurst thanked Dak Prescott for talking about mental health


In the moments after Sunday’s game, Falcons tight end Hayden Hurst made sure to find Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, but not to congratulate him on a comeback win.

The conversation was brief, yet much bigger than football.

Via Vaughn McClure of ESPN, Hurst said he wanted to thank the Cowboys quarterback for talking so openly about mental health, including his own battles with anxiety and depression after his brother’s death. Hurst has been open about his own challenges in the past, including a suicide attempt in college.

Immediately after the game, video showed Hurst approaching Prescott and saying: “Hey, I’ve got a lot of respect for what you did, came out and talked about. Me and my mom have a foundation about suicide prevention. Respect the hell out of you for talking about it, man.”

Prescott said they should work together some day, to which Hurst replied: “Absolutely.”

I thought it was awesome,” Hurst told McClure afterward. “I’m sure Dak Prescott doesn’t really know who I am. But I know the courage that takes, because a lot of people don’t like talking about mental health. They’re afraid to talk about it. They’re embarrassed. If guys like Dak Prescott can come out and talk about it, I think he’s going to save a lot of lives. I think that’s cool. I admire him. And I’ll be a Dak Prescott fan forever. I think he’s an awesome guy. . . .

“For a guy to come out and talk about that topic and use his platform to try and help and save lives, I’ve got nothing but respect for him because I know how hard it is going through stuff like that. It hit my family hard. My uncle killed himself. My cousin killed himself. And I had my own stuff with addiction and my attempted suicide. I know how much courage it takes to come out and talk about that.”

Having the support of others is key to dealing with such struggles, and NFL players such as Prescott and Hurst using their voices to offer assistance to those in need can only help.

11 responses to “Hayden Hurst thanked Dak Prescott for talking about mental health

  1. When you don’t know anyone that suffers with this you might be not so sympathetic. When Robin Williams killed himself I was that guy. I thought to myself that he has everything! How could you be sad when the world looks at you as some great actor\comedian. Then when Chris Cornell killed himself it got deep for me. I thought how sad he must have been despite all the great things that happened to him. Some people just are never satisfied. Never happy and we will never understand it.

  2. hat a great moment and story. Dak’s interview combined with the ensuing controversy and attention may just prove to be a watershed moment for mental health action.

  3. Mental illness is a sad but harsh reality in this country that doesn’t get the assistance/attention it needs. We can all do better to help. Good on Hayden and Dak, openly talking about it is a huge positive step. I guarantee that publicizing a story like this will help save someone around the country struggling.

  4. Mental health is a very serious issue that continues to have a stigma attached to it. People are afraid to come forward and talk about it, even with their families. For a public person to come out and discuss their mental state of mind took a tremendous amount of courage. If the true numbers ever became available, it wouldn’t be surprising to learn that mental health is condition that strikes someone in just about every family.

  5. Classy move by Hurst after the game & good on Dak to show that mental illness is a very serious thing and can happen to anyone.
    You can have all the fame and money in the world and you can still be affected by it.

  6. Honestly takes guts for both of them to speak publicly about their mental health issues. I wish more athletes took notes and followed their lead on the issues that matter and putting their money where their mouth is!

  7. hobbes says:
    September 23, 2020 at 9:31 am
    Skip Bayless, please take note.


    Forget Skip, he’s not even worth it.

  8. Every family in America probably has someone who suffers from chronic depression. Talk about and get them help!

  9. And yet somehow Fox is extending the contract of that person with a horrible take on Dak admitting he dealt with depression. When even Fox’s Troy Aikman says Skip should be fired, you know it’s all about the ratings. Human decency goes into the trash.

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