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Do you know which popular professional athletes have depression? Several famous NFL players, boxers and Olympians struggle with depression. Some of these athletes have overcome their depression through therapy and medication, while the disorder drove others to commit suicide. Several athletes with depression have went on to become motivational speakers.

Who is the most famous athlete with depression? Mike Tyson tops our list. Mike Tyson struggles with depression. He says, "I’ve had self-loathing my entire life." Amanda Beard discussed her experience with depression in several interviews. She says, "I was really, really awful at communicating, at opening up and sharing my feelings. Whenever I heard anything negative about myself, it hit me so hard, but I never allowed anybody to know what I was thinking or dealing with.”

Ken Griffey, Jr.'s struggle with depression was a major factor in his 1988 suicide attempt. Rick Rypien battled with clinical depression for much of his life. He committed suicide in 2011. Picabo Street went through a huge depression after injuring her knee in a skiing accident in the late-1990s. She says, "I went all the way to rock bottom. I never thought that I ever would experience anything like that in my life."

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Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 35 Athletes with Depression
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Mike Tyson struggles with depression. He says, "I’ve had self-loathing my entire life."

Age: 53

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York City, New York, United States of America

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#45 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#5 on The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

#31 on The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

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Ricky Williams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 35 Athletes with Depression
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Ricky Williams was diagnosed with clinical depression and social anxiety disorder.

Age: 42

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America

Teams: Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins, Toronto Argonauts, Texas Longhorns football

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#35 on The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time

#9 on The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time

#48 on The Best Baltimore Ravens of All Time

#2 on The Best Texas Longhorns Football Players of All Time

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Amanda Beard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 35 Athletes with Depression
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Amanda Beard discussed her experience with depression in several interviews. She says, "I was really, really awful at communicating, at opening up and sharing my feelings. Whenever I heard anything negative about myself, it hit me so hard, but I never allowed anybody to know what I was thinking or dealing with.”

Age: 38

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Newport Beach, California, United States of America

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Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 35 Athletes with Depression
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Terry Bradshaw was diagnosed with clinical depression after he retired from the NFL.

Age: 71

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana, United States of America

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football

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#49 on The Best Football Players Ever

#11 on The Best Quarterbacks of All Time

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#4 on The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the 1970s

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