For the longest time, he could hide from his problems. Run from them, even. He was a star in the making, pulling in numerous accolades and rushing records at the University of Wisconsin while secretly numbing his mental anguish.
â€śIt was my anxiety that really just ate at me,â€ť he said. â€śThe pressure.â€ť
Ball self-medicated with alcohol, fooling himself into thinking there was no issue. It was fine. He was fine.
But a string of arrests in 2016 landed him a 60-day jail sentence on domestic violence charges followed by a lengthy rehabilitation. It might have been his greatest blessing yet.
In sobriety, Ball found a purpose, and it wasnâ€™t football. Motivated by the birth of his son and a desire not only to atone for his mistakes but to help…