Carson Wentz on mental health: NFL players need to be able to admit they’re vulnerable

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Colts quarterback Carson Wentz says every NFL player — and every person — needs someone they can open up to.

Asked about NFL players’ mental health in an interview with Beth Hoole of Valley News Live in North Dakota, Wentz said it’s becoming more acceptable for players to reach out to someone when they need help.

“It’s sad that it wasn’t socially acceptable, but I think it’s more understood because I think everyone can relate,” Wentz said. “I think it’s OK, and people are realizing that it’s OK, to not be OK and to talk about it. Everyone’s got somebody in their life, whether it’s a counselor, teammate, friend, brother, wife, pastor, whatever that is, and if they don’t have that hopefully they can find that. I’ve been fortunate to have people in my life when things are going south or I’m struggling, to have an honest conversation, to refocus and reframe my mindset, and I think that’s so important for everybody, but especially in the NFL with all the pressures and all the things that get thrown at us it’s definitely been acceptable. You see guys being honest and open and vulnerable, not all the time, but it’s becoming a little bit more normal and OK and I think it’s encouraging for people to see that, you know, us big strong football players can be vulnerable, can be real people that go through real stuff and that it’s OK to say ‘I’m struggling.’”

It was obvious that Wentz had on-field struggles last season in Philadelphia, but he appears more comfortable now in Indianapolis, and he says he’s had people he could count on to help him get through the struggles of the last year.

13 responses to “Carson Wentz on mental health: NFL players need to be able to admit they’re vulnerable

  1. The people who claim that it is a weakness to seek help are actually weak themselves. They refuse to acknowledge their own vulnerabilities, so they lash out at those who are mature enough to seek help. They also address their inadequacies in unhealthy ways, such as through domestic violence and animal abuse. Fortunately these neanderthals, as Carson said, are becoming less and less prevalent.

  2. MortimerInMiami says:
    July 1, 2021 at 6:45 am
    If any QB knows….
    Good luck with Tua.

  3. Guys like Wentz and former Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps are doing a good thing by speaking out about their mental problems. It will help others realize that it’s nothing to be ashamed of and getting help is what they should do.

  4. I’m all for mental health but these are red flags coming from a professional athlete…especially an NFL QB. It is absolutely okay to admit vulnerability but this kinda disqualifies you for some jobs. I question his fortitude to succeed at his chosen profession.

  5. The millions of reasons you receive for your job aren’t enough to comfort you?

  6. It’s great to see guys like Wentz, who have a big platform, open up about the stigma around mental and emotional well being. I wonder how much of that contributed to him being a terrible teammate in Philadelphia? Or was it the pressure of playing QB in perhaps the toughest market in the league that triggered those issues? Chicken and egg, I guess. He’s better off in Indy.

  7. Eagles fan here. I wish Wentz the best and hope he figures out what he needs to be free of any demons that are/were haunting him so he can achieve his potential and live a fulfilling life.

    But I have also read and seen enough to know that he has to be willing to look in the mirror and own the part he played in all of the unpleasantness in Philly, or he’s going to have the same problems again in the future. There were unfortunate things that happened to him, but there were also unfortunate things that happened because of him and his behavior.

  8. It’s comments like many of these that make people hide mental health issues. As if money solved everything. The attitude of too many fans is shut up and play. Don’t be a human being, just entertain me. That attitude only exacerbates the problem.

  9. The way my fellow Eagles fans turned on Wentz after one disastrous season is the one thing that makes me ashamed to be an Eagles fan. These people are the biggest bandwagon fans around. They aren’t really fans at all. Carson Wentz owns several Eagles passing records but you would never know that from the way these post and act. Did McNabb ever throw for 4,000 yards in a season? No. Does he own the all time TD passes in a single season record for the team? No. Wentz did both and don’t give me ’17 because he threw for 4 large in 2019. God forbid, we have just a smidgen of understanding during a pandemic for a young father playing in front of no fans but having boos played on the sound system! What a joke! And a pathetic joke a loud but all too vocal minority of Eagles fans are!

  10. Not all Eagles fans hate Wentz. Usually the Cataldi group (same ones that booed McNabb at the draft). Hoping he turns things around and has a great career

  11. I am glad he’s speaking out for a great cause and something that needs more attention. But that doesn’t mean there’s not issues that are a problem for being a good teammate and football player. It has nothing to do with being “weak” and everything to do with being consistent and playing at a high enough level.

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