Eagles right guard Brandon Brooks exited Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks due to anxiety issues according to his Twitter account.
Though the Eagles listed him with an illness upon exiting in the first quarter, Brooks later confirmed on Twitter that his departure was related to a recurrence of his past anxiety issues. “I’ve had this under control for a couple of years and had a setback yesterday,” said Brooks, who has been open about his past panic attacks. His symptoms included vomiting and exhaustion.
Prior to Sunday, Brooks was having the best season of his eight-year NFL career and was rewarded handsomely for it, signing a four-year, $54.2 million extension through 2024 which includes $30 million in guaranteed money on November 11. The 30-year old has started 55 of a potential 57 games since joining the Eagles in 2016 and is the No. 1 rated guard this season according to Pro Football Focus. His exit Sunday should be considered only a temporary setback in his 2019 campaign.
Brooks’ honesty in addressing his mental health is admirable and will hopefully lead to further dialogue on a growing concern affecting many both nation and worldwide. Outside of football, NBA stars Kevin Love and DeMar DeRozan have both been vocal proponents of mental health awareness.
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