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Former Star NFL RB Reveals He Considered Committing Suicide

A Baltimore Ravens helmet sitting on a bench.

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: A Baltimore Ravens helmet sits on the bench during their game against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum on September 20, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

For a six-or-seven year stretch, former Tennessee star running back Jamal Lewis was arguably the best in the NFL at his position. The 5-foot-11 tailback had seven seasons of 1,000-plus rushing yards, including a 2,000-yard season in 2003.

Lewis was the NFL's offensive player of the year in 2003 and was named to the league's 2000s all-decades squad.

He, simply put, is one of the most-dominant running backs the NFL has seen.

Lewis is now 38. He's been out of the league since 2009.

Bleacher Report's Tyler Dunne published a profile story on Lewis earlier this week, detailing where his life is at these days. Health-wise, it's pretty scary.

"Jamal Lewis Making Most of Post-NFL Life—but Preparing for Darker Days to Come," the Bleacher Report story's headline reads.

Some of the troubling details:

"You think about death," the former Ravens star says. "I've thought about suicide. I've thought about ending it all."


Before uttering a word about anything else, Lewis points to his nose and explains that polyps have been clogging the lining of his nasal passages for six months.

"People don't know how much they breathe out of their nose!"

So any time he's speaking and eating, Lewis literally cannot breathe. Sleeping is nearly impossible, and Lewis already snored "like a freight train."


The man who once resembled Mike Tyson from scowl to six-pack now can't work out and is more Butterbean. He figures all of the pollen in the Georgia air created these polyps, but his deviated septum sure can't help. When a doctor asked if Lewis took a hit to the face at some point, he chuckled. Uh. Yeah. You could say that. At some point over his nine NFL seasons, his nose "shifted."

The entire story is worth a read. You can view it here.