Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and Atlanta Falcons tight end Hayden Hurst recently formed a special relationship after both publicly discussing their battles with depression and anxiety. Prescott has been dealing with the unexpected suicide death of his brother while Hurst struggled with suicide attempts of his own.
After the two teams faced off Sunday, Hurst made a concerted effort to connect with Dak and deliver words of appreciation for his advocacy of mental health battles. The moment was extremely pure.
Hurst reflected on the moment the two athletes shared, Friday in an interview with Sports Pulse host Mackenzie Salmon.
"For me I just saw some of the comments that were made on national television about him and I thought talk about how he was personally affected through mental health, depression, and suicide. That's so courageous in my eyes," Hurst said alluding to Skip Bayless thinking Prescott was "soft" after he opened up about his mental health. "One because my family has been through it with my uncle's suicide...my own personal battle with addiction, depression, and my attempted suicide, so I know what it takes to come out and talk about it."
Hurst went on to discuss how he has been able to take his personal battles with mental health to the football field for motivation.
"Dropped passes, whatever, in a game in the NFL I can always look back and know things will never be as bad as they were back then," Hurst said. "I was able to dig myself out of a situation and turn myself into what I am today. It definitely gives me perspective and helps me kind of keep myself aligned because I know things will never get that dark again."
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for support at 800-273-8255.