Cleveland Browns Chris Hubbard reveals mental health struggles
Browns offensive lineman Chris Hubbard discussed his mental health struggles with an audience of about 300 during the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Summit County at the Akron/Fairlawn Hilton on Tuesday. [Ron Schwane/Associated Press file]

Chris Hubbard took a ballroom of almost 300 persons by his mental well being journey on Tuesday, and the Browns offensive tackle did not hold anything back again.

The demise of his grandpa and “sidekick,” Jimmy Myers, to prostate cancer threw Hubbard into a deep depression throughout his freshman 12 months at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The murder of his 19-yr-old cousin, Shannon Fields, shot in the again of the head at a hometown Columbus, Ga, nightclub when Hubbard was 21, prompted him to depart college for two months. In a discussion before that working day, Fields instructed him he was ready to get off the streets, escape his planet of gangs and medications, and requested if he could come are living with Hubbard in Birmingham. Hubbard agreed.

“It was a lot more than just cousins, we had been like brothers,” Hubbard reported. “It strike me tough. I didn’t slumber, I did not take in, I shed a great deal of body weight. I felt like I could not protect him. You constantly want to shield the people that you appreciate.”