Here’s hoping Steve Smith’s depression reveal helps others in similar straits

In football and in life, few people have hit the lottery the way Steve Smith Sr. has.

Smith played 16 years in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens, gaining 14,271 receiving yards and 81 receiving touchdowns while making five Pro Bowls and earning two All-Pro honors.

“Pretty good, right?’’ he said in a letter that was posted on NFL.com.

But the letter wasn’t about his success on the field. It was to reveal that Smith suffered from depression despite all of his success on the field.

It’s easy to think the people suffer from depression are dealing with failure. But it happens to successful people, too.

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History says the Patriots won’t win the Super Bowl this year — or even return to it

It would seem likely that a Super Bowl loser would have a good shot at returning to the Super Bowl the following year and winning it.

They have the incentive of overcoming the loss the previous year to give them motivation.

And that’s what often happened in the early days of the Super Bowl.

The Dallas Cowboys lost to the then-Baltimore Colts in the fifth Super Bowl, then beat the Miami Dolphins in the sixth one. The Dolphins then came back in 1972 and had their unbeaten season and won the seventh Super Bowl.

Believe it or not, that is the last time a Super Bowl loser has won it the next year.

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