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A quick Internet search shows that the suicide rate for NFL players is six times the national average, according to gamesover.org, and there are many fingers being pointed toward concussions and post-retirement problems. Is this justified, though?

The National Institute of Mental Health lists a number of risk factors for suicide on its informative and helpful website. The first one is depression, which millions of people battle every single day who don't play football. Another risk factor is exposure to violence in the family. Who knows the history of a football player before he came to the NFL? There are plenty of abusive families that would leave a future athlete scarred because of physical or sexual abuse.

While the recent death of Junior Seau is a crushing loss not only to the football community but the world i...

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