New York Giants NFL legend Mark Bavaro reveals he contemplated suicide as he fought debilitating case of Long Covid… and admits he was ‘praying’ he would have a heart attack
- Former NFL tight end Mark Bavaro had a six-month struggle with Long Covid
- He suffered from anxiety, paranoia, dizziness, fogginess, and headaches
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New York Giants legend Mark Bavaro has revealed that he considered suicide – and even found himself praying for a heart attack – during a debilitating six-month struggle with Long Covid.
The 60-year-old former tight end – who spent nearly a decade in the NFL – suffered from anxiety, paranoia, dizziness, fogginess, and headaches after catching the disease in 2021. He passed out, he developed insomnia.
Doctors eventually found a treatment to help Bavaro recover but not before he thought about ending it all. ‘It was like a tornado going on in my head and I couldn’t stand it,’ he said in a new book ‘Once A Giant’, as serialized by the New York Post.
‘You think of ways: “How does one die?”… ‘I was praying for a heart attack.’
The ‘odyssey… inflicted more mental and physical pain than anything he experienced during his nine-year career in the NFL’; antidepressants only ‘magnified’ his suicidal thoughts.
New York Giants legend Mark Bavaro has revealed that he considered suicide in 2021
The 60-year-old suffered from anxiety, paranoia, dizziness, fogginess, and headaches
‘My head was bursting at the seams,’ he explained. ‘It felt like my brain was boiling. I couldn’t move. I had fatigue. The noise in my head was just unrelenting.”
Bavaro added: ‘You’re on top of a burning building and how long can you stay there until you jump off? You come to understand a lot about other people and what they go through.’
Bavaro, a two-time Super Bowl winner, spent five years at the Giants before moving to the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles.
But his kitchen island and and a kitchen cabinet are now packed with rows of prescription bottles – medicines he previously needed and those he still takes.
The book claims that, during his darkest days, Bavaro pondered that death ‘had to be better than the nonstop turmoil raging in his brain’.
‘You’re on top of a burning building… how long can you stay there until you jump off?’ he said
The 60-year-old also wondered whether all his years playing football and all those hits to the head he endured made him ‘more vulnerable’.
Several of his former teammates and friends have been diagnosed with Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain disease found in hundreds of former NFL players.
Bavaro played alongside safety Dave Duerson at Notre Dame and on the Giants. In Philadelphia, he was a teammate of Andre ‘Dirty’ Waters, while Bavaro was close with Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau.
All three died by suicide, all three were later diagnosed with CTE.