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Herschel Walker details struggles with mental health


Jun. 18, 2015 For the Win

Herschel Walker has spoken out about his struggles with mental illness in recent years.

However, on an episode of ESPN’s Highly Questionable, the former NFL running back discussed living with dissociative identity disorder (formerly known as multiple personality disorder) and revealed he has played Russian Roulette in the past.

From the segment (5:10):

“If you came to my home, and you wanted to challenge me at … anything, I didn’t think you were worthy enough … I would take a bullet, put it in a cylinder, spin it, tell you to pull it … People said, ‘Herschel, you’re nuts.’ [When] they walked away, I’d take that gun, put it to my head and snap it … I was so fired up that I could overcome anything. And I think that’s what it was. I didn’t realize that it was from … all that anger that I had, that I didn’t like myself. I was not even happy with who I was.”

The 53-year-old went on to explain why telling his story is important.

“I talk about it now because there are still people out there today that are suffering. There’s guys in the league [NFL] that I’ve helped so much, that I’ve saved their lives.”

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