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Atlanta Falcons Wide Receiver Calvin Ridley steps away from Football in his Prime

With the exit of Julio Jones to the Tennessee Titans, this was supposed to be the year that former first round pick  Calvin Ridley took over at the #1 reciever for the Atlanta Falcons.  The season started at it’s own slow pace for Ridley but there were bright spots.  News broke that Ridley would be a scratch for the Sunday game against division rival Carolina Panthers.  It wasn’t a physical scratch , but instead Ridley taking time off to work on his Mental health.


Ridley wrote on twitter “These past few weeks have been very challenging and as much as I’d like to be on the field competing with my teammates, I need to step away from football at this time and focus on my mental wellbeing.  This will help me be the best version of myself now and in the future.

He went on the add “I want to thank my teammates, the entire Atlanta Falcons organization, our great fans, my friends, and my family for all of their support during this time.

There are no details about what his specific issues are off the field, but clearly the wideout needed a break from it all.  Wishing hip a speedy recovery.

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