Ok. Not that simple. I just wanted to get your attention.
Who am I? A life long Viking fan. Frankly I do not give a shit about you guys, but I do give a shit about human tradegies.
In the year of 2004 the olympic gold and brons medalist, double world championship gold medalist, double gold and one time silver European champion medalist Swedish greek roman wrestler Mikael Ljungberg committed suicide.
He had retired from top level sports a few year earlier and according to people, who claimed to know him, he didn't find his place in life. This started a sort of awareness about this here in Sweden. Not before long it was quite clear that this wasn't a seperate phenomenon. It had happend before. Way to many times!
In the year of 2005 the Swedish ishockey-league started "Ultra Education", and a year and a half later a company named "Sportcore" started up. All of them to try to help, educate and also look into this matter.
What's the probleme, you say? You have plenty of money, you are famous, enjoy your life for crying out load!
Apparently it's not that simple... for everyone.
Quite often these athletes started there professional sport-career pretty young and with an interrupted education. If they do get a complete education, that was (at their retiremen) 10-20 years ago and they haven't "worked" a single day in their profession since their examination. You know, it's not enough to be a retired sports-star to get an employment.
Since they've been plus/minus 10 years old they've had a clear goal, been 100% focused and been learned to take setbacks. But only setbacks in "their world", which isn't the same as setbacks in "our" world.
Most (do I dare to say all) human beings need a goal. For most of us it's (simplifyed) about a ceiling over our head, food on the table and clothes on our bodys.
But, whatever you belevie in this or not, all of us still need goals in our lifes (irrespective of income/savings/heredity et cetera). No legible goals equals no legitible life. As (in my opinion) is as simple as that .
I do not claim to be a professonal psychologist, but (as I ve been into it myself) I do see and recognize the probleme. I definitively do not try to explain Mr. Seaus demise. But I do hope it's some sort of an amateur-ish declaration of an not so well-known aspect of pro sports.
My condolences to Junior Seau's family, friends, fans and everybody who cares.