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NFL Player From Norwalk Opens Up About Battle With Depression

Norwalk native Kevin Pierre-Louis, who plays for the Seattle Seahawks, recently discussed his fight with depression with a Seattle newspaper.
Norwalk native Kevin Pierre-Louis, who plays for the Seattle Seahawks, recently discussed his fight with depression with a Seattle newspaper. Photo Credit: Twitter/Kevin Pierre-Louis

NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk’s Kevin Pierre-Louis, a linebacker with the Seattle Seahawks, discussed his battle with depression in a story last week with a Seattle newspaper.

Pierre-Louis, 25, was diagnosed with depression in 2012, according to the story in the Seattle Times and written by Jayson Jenks. Pierre-Louis, who played in high school at King in Stamford, was in his junior year at Boston College when he was diagnosed with depression.

Pierre-Louis said he was nervous about discussing depression because he was concerned about the reaction of fans and teammates. But he was not uncomfortable. “It’s not for them,’’ Pierre-Louis said in the story. “It’s for the person who needs it.”

Pierre-Louis is in his third season with Seattle. He was drafted in the fourth round in the 2014 NFL Draft after a spectacular career at Boston College, where he started all 44 games. He started one game with Seattle last year. This year, he has made two tackles and is a reserve linebacker.

Pierre-Louis said he was concerned about reaction, but wrote a tweet that indicated he had been receiving mostly positive support. “Thank you for all the positivity,’’ Pierre-Louis said. “I feel it’s important to share our scars and let those who think they are alone know they aren’t.”

Click here to read the story in the Seattle Times.

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