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Watch: Geno Smith Explains What Mental Health Means to Him
Geno Smith is usually making headlines on the football field, but people are now taking notice what he has to say off the field too. And on Monday, Smith delivered an inspirational message in honor of Mental Health Awareness month.
The Seahawks Pro Bowl quarterback went into detail about what mental health means to him and why he feels his personal journey can be an example of perseverance.
“I think mental health is very important to everybody, not just athletes but to the entire world,” said Smith. He then expanded further.
“I think the more that we can just talk about it, shed light on metal health. I think it creates this safe space of people where they feel they can be vulnerable and they can express themselves.”
Take a moment to listen to @GenoSmith3's message on mental health. #Mentalhealthawareness pic.twitter.com/viZbSuREjL
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) May 23, 2023
Geno Smith has always been open about his own journey with mental health, most notably during the ups and downs of his NFL career. He even expressed how he now looks at the tough road he had to endure to find professional success as a positive and an example of never giving up on your dreams.
“That’s the cool part is that people got to see my story. They got to see me go through the hard stuff. And then obviously to get some success later in my career and I know a lot of people want to hear about what was my mental state throughout that. And I think it truly comes down to knowing who you are and ultimately having gratitude and being grateful.”
The WVU product now looks to follow up his NFL Comeback Player of the Year season in 2022 with a similar type year in 2023. Smith signed a new deal with the Seahawks after leading Seattle to a playoff appearance and earning the first Pro Bowl honor of his career.
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WVSN’s Mike Asti was able to speak with Smith about his incredible season at the Pro Bowl in Las Vegas.