Atlanta Falcons’ Star Steps Away from the NFL to Focus on Mental Health


Atlanta Falcons’ player Calvin Ridley is taking a week off from football to improve his mental health. Calvin Ridley, Falcons wide receiver, will be taking a break from football to focus on his mental health. Statement releasedHe said he had to leave the NFL. “help me be the best version of me.”The announcement was made during the Falcons’ match against the Carolina Panthers. 

“These past few weeks have been very challenging and as much as I’d like to be on the field competing with my teammates, I need to step away from football at this time and focus on my mental wellbeing,”Ridley said. “This will help me be the best version of myself now and in the future. I want to thank my teammates, the entire Atlanta Falcons organization, our great fans, my friends and my family for all of their support during this time.”

Arthur Smith, the Falcons’ head coach, spoke out about Ridley following the team’s loss to the Panthers by 19-13. “Calvin’s dealing with something personal,” Smith stated this, per ESPN. “And it’s going to remain personal on my end. Calvin’s statement speaks for him, and so when we got here today, we talked and put him inactive.”

The Falcons selected Ridley (26 years old) in the first round 2018 NFL Draft. After catching 64 passes, Ridley was selected to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team. He threw for 821 yards and ten touchdowns. After catching 90 passes for 1,374 yards, Ridley was selected to the All-Pro 2nd Team. Ridley participated in five games, catching 31 passes for 281 yard and two touchdowns. 

“I mean, in today’s world, me personally, it shouldn’t matter, you should mind your business,”Ridley stated this to reporters on Oct. 21, when he spoke about his personal problems. “But in today’s world, yeah, I do. To me, if I say it’s personal, that means it’s personal.”Ridley’s teammates wish him the best, as long as he stays healthy. 

“It’s always tough being out there when one of your brothers is hurting or they are going through things,”Tajae Sharpe (wide receiver), took Ridley’s place in the starting lineup. The Athletic. “We all feel it as well, so it’s tough on us, but we all know in this business, it’s the next man up so we have to be prepared and ready to step up. We’re going to continue to pray for him and hope for the best and do the best we can until he gets back with us.”