Ken Griffey Jr. was one of the most prolific and adored baseball players of his generation and picked up a ton of awards and accolades. Expected to follow in his all star father’s footsteps, Jr. felt the pressure of expectations since childhood. Overwhelmed, the young talent attempted suicide by ingesting over 200 aspirins when he was just 18. He later stated "...I got depressed, I got angry, I didn’t want to live," even saying that he had been suicidal for years. Photo credit: Shout It Out Design / Shutterstock.com
Maybe it’s the solitary nature of being one of a precious few to reach such heights? Whatever it is, depression is a serious issue with potentially painful consequences. Here is a look at 10 athletes who are quite familiar with this formidable foe.