Michael Pittman Battling DepressionMay 31st, 2012
Joe really recommends this riveting interview with former Bucs running back Michael Pittman, who was a guest of the Ron and Ian Show on WDAE-AM 620 this morning.
Pittman, 36, described how he has concussion-related depression that has become out of his control at times. He hasn’t had thoughts of suicide, Pittman said, but has sought psychiatric care and medication. “I’m not ashamed to say it,” said Pittman, who added he is not part of any brain injury lawsuit against the NFL.
“I can understand maybe what Junior [Seau] was going through at the time he probably committed suicide,” Pittman said.
Pittman also reminisced about his time with the Bucs, saying Keyshawn Johnson talking badly about Jon Gruden in front of young players was key to his Tampa Bay demise. Though Pittman said he believed Keyshawn was motivated by truly wanting to succeed and was so good he deserved the damn ball.
Pittman also spoke of Chucky studying 1960s film, and said some teammates could roll with Chucky’s often broken promises to players, but others didn’t deal with it well. But “I still believe a lot of those players respect him.”