I'm Listening: Falcons' Hayden Hurst Recounts Isolation and Pain During College

An NFL star's long journey from addiction and fear, to sobriety and hope

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Atlanta Falcons tight end Hayden Hurst experienced low moments, living with depression, leading to an attempt on his life four years ago. “I was 18-years-old, on my own, and I had never really experienced failure,” he told RADIO.COM. “So, I didn’t fully understand what was happening to me.”

Hurst’s mental health crisis spiraled further the more he isolated from communication. “I was pretty depressed for a while, just locking myself in my dorm room, wouldn’t want to be around people.”

“I just didn’t want to have to explain that embarrassment of what was going on, because I didn’t fully understand it.”