Ohio State’s Harry Miller is medically retiring from football. The offensive lineman made the announcement Thursday evening while bravely opening up about some of his struggles from the past year.

After cracking the starting lineup in 2020, Miller was absent for much of the 2021 season. He revealed in his statement on Twitter that absence was related to struggles of mental health.

“Prior to the season last year, I told Coach (Ryan) Day of my intention to kill myself,” Miller explained. “He immediately had me in touch with Dr. Candice and Dr. Norman, and I received the support I needed. After a few weeks, I tried my luck at football once again, with scars on my wrists and throat.”

Miller went on to express his gratitude for Day and the infrastructure of support that exists within the Ohio State program. He also writes that he is finding new ways to help players within the Buckeye program:

“I am grateful for the infrastructure Coach Day has put in place at Ohio State, and I am grateful that he is letting me find a new way to help others in the program,” wrote Miller. “I hope athletic departments around the country do the same. If not for him and the staff, my words would not be a reflection. They would be evidence in a post-mortem.”

At the end of the day, there truly is more to life than football. Much respect to Miller for being open about his struggles. Hopefully his story will help others going through similar battles down the road.

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