MOBILE, Ala. – A beehive of nearly 40 reporters circled around
About 10 yards away from the circus surrounding Mayfield, former Washington State quarterback Luke Falk’s highlighter-yellow No. 3 jersey was plainly visible. There was no crowd around, as a lone scout asked him a few background questions about his family and film study habits. Soon after, when asked to reflect on some poignant comments earlier in the day, Falk delivered a message worthy of going viral.
At Senior Bowl media day, Falk addressed
“It should be talked about, and we should do something about it,” he said. “I feel like at times we feel like we can’t express our emotions because we’re in a masculine sport and him being a quarterback, people look up to you as a leader. He felt like he really probably couldn’t talk to anybody. We’ve got to change some of that stuff. We have to have resources and not have a stigma of people going to that.”
Falk spoke about suicide being one of the leading causes of death of men between the ages of 18 to 45, and wants to be part of changing that. He showed an uncommon vulnerability amid a football setting, admitting he and his teammates have been riddled with guilt about what they could have done differently. “All of us that were close to him just kind of go back and ask ourselves, ‘Were there signs? What could we have done?’ ” he said. “I think we all kind of feel a little bit of guilt. I wish I could give him one more hug. I wish I could give him a pat on the butt one more time and let him know that he’s loved.”
After the Senior Bowl practices on Tuesday, Falk spoke to Yahoo Sports about why he chose to use his pulpit at the Senior Bowl to speak about suicide. He reiterated that he wanted to celebrate Hilinski’s life and legacy and also attempt to bring the conversation about suicide into the mainstream.
“For it being such a big part of our culture, you never hear it talked about,” he said. “You never hear people feeling like they’re able to speak openly. We’re in such a masculine culture, people don’t feel comfortable doing it.”
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