Herschel Walker told a Columbus audience this morning that he once played Russian roulette, putting a loaded gun to his head.
It wasn't that he particularly wanted to kill himself but that he had worked hard to become the "ultimate man" and now he was playing "the ultimate game, life and death."
The incident is told in greater detail in his book "Breaking Free, My Life With Dissociative Indentity Disorder." which is about his fight with mental illness.
Walker, the 1982 Heisman Trophy winner at the University of Georgia and former National Football League star, was on the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center Parade Field speaking to an audience of Fort Benning soldiers and general public. While he did talk some football, his main message was that if someone needs help with a mental problem or addiction they should not be hesitant to seek help.
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"There is no shame in my game," he told those gathered.