Washington WR Isaiah Renfro leaves team, opens up about depression

Washington Huskies wide receiver Isaiah Renfro made a move Sunday night that would make even the biggest, strongest, manliest-man sweat with nerves; he admitted to suffering from depression publicly by posting a heartfelt confession on Twitter.

The 6-foot-1, 206 pound Los Angeles native was a four-star recruit out of high school, committing a majority of his time to the gridiron. Although Renfro says other personal issues were adding to his condition, football began to add stress instead of working as an outlet to help relieve depression.

“This year has to be one of the toughest times I’ve had to endure in my life,” he wrote. “While going through this year I have struggled with and have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety. Everyday it’s very hard for me to just do a simple thing like get myself out of bed in the morning. This entire year I pushed through and gave it my all, till I had none left.

“I lost love for the game I’ve been playing ever since I could walk, and it seemed more like a job to me than fun.”

Renfro was hospitalized in a program specifically dedicated to depression victims, and after his release he says he feels that he’s on his right path to happiness.

“I have a better outlook on life, I’m more and more happy each day I wake up, because I’m able to wake up,” he mentioned.

Sending best wishes to Isaiah as he courageously fights this battle.

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