From the outside professional athletes seem to have it all. But for Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith Sr., there was an internal conflict during his career that no one saw.
Smith opened up about his depression in an article on NFL.com, saying that despite all his accomplishments, which include five pro bowls, two first team all-pro nods and a trip to the Super Bowl, he was never truly able to enjoy those moments.
"Despite all of my achievements, I routinely felt trapped, inferior, and alone," Smith told NFL.com. "This overwhelmed me internally and often left me mentally, physically, and emotionally broken."
Smith went on to say that it's crucial for everyone to acknowledge personal struggles aren't a sign of weakness, but one of strength.
Smith acknowledge that he sought help from a sports psychologist, which he believes made all the difference in the world.