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Former Ohio Football Player Delivers Powerful Message To Anyone Struggling With Depression
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Former Ohio Football Player Delivers Powerful Message To Anyone Struggling With Depression

Harry Miller delivered a tearful message to others who are going through a similar battle.

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Editor's note: This article was originally published on March 23, 2022. It has since been updated.

Trigger Warning: This article contains details of mental health issues that may be distressing to readers.

Former Ohio State offensive lineman Harry Miller got emotional as he spoke to TODAY's co-hosts about his early retirement from football, citing mental health concerns after having suicidal thoughts. Miller has a 4.0 grade-point average as a mechanical engineering major at Ohio State and was the valedictorian of his high school. The now-former Ohio State University football player also volunteers in Ohio and has made mission trips to Nicaragua to help families in need build homes. Behind a seemingly "perfect" life, Miller has struggled with mental health issues from a young age. His story is a reminder of how people may be battling demons not everyone can see. Now, Miller is addressing his own mental health challenges and also speaking to anyone else who might be struggling with the type of mental health issues that made him consider taking his own life.

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Earlier this month, he announced "his medical retirement" in an emotional social media post. "I would not usually share such information," Miller said in his post. "However, because I have played football, I am no longer afforded the privilege of privacy, so I will share my story briefly before more articles continue to ask, 'What is wrong with Harry Miller.'" "That is a good question," he added. "It is a good enough question for me not to know the answer, though I have asked it often." Weeks after opening up to his coach, Miller said he returned to the team "with scars on my wrists and throat."