Hurst learn the letter in a phase for “CBS This Morning.” Hurst talked about his failed try at changing into knowledgeable baseball participant with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He warned his youthful self that after he crashed out of baseball, it solely will get more durable from there.


“Tighten up, life will spiral downward from right here. You’ll develop the yips, ruining your skill to throw with accuracy. You’ll tumble into despair and spend 1000’s of {dollars} on remedy however it should all fail you. You’ll flip to alcohol and medicines to kill the ache. You’ll be in a precipitous freefall and that may deliver on extra medication and nightly consuming till you blackout,” he says.

Hurst talks about changing into a walk-on at South Carolina and finally transitioning to a starter the place he would play at a excessive stage. He developed right into a starter throughout his sophomore and junior seasons. However even on the excessive of being the most effective NFL-ready prospects, the ache of despair would nonetheless linger.

Hurst then reveals his suicide try.

“You’ll have some success however the demons of despair will nonetheless have a maintain on you and the medication and consuming will solely escalate. After a drunken night time in town you’ll see no escape from the darkness and in a chaotic second, you’ll make the calamitous choice to take your individual life.

“Whereas sitting in your truck one night time, you’ll take out a knife and minimize your wrist. However God will watch over you and regardless of being virtually blackout drunk you’ll name a buddy who occurs to be in nursing faculty. She rushes over to cease the bleeding and calls 911.”

Hurst stated he was rushed to the hospital and positioned on a 72-hour suicide maintain at a psychiatric hospital. He stated on the level he made a promise to himself he would by no means “be in that place once more.”

“You’ll inform your self, ‘the rebirth begins now.’”

He stated he promised himself to chop out the alcohol and medicines fully and  keep sober 5 years later.

The “crowning second” of his comeback was being drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in 2018.

“You’ll notice what regardless of what chances are you’ll assume you aren’t alone on this combat. And also you’ll channel your harm, disappointment and anxiousness for alternatives for others going by way of the identical struggles,” he stated.


Hurst now performs for the Falcons and devoted a part of his life to serving to individuals going by way of the identical struggles he goes by way of.

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