Sammy Watkins Says He’s ‘Not Really Focused’ On Money, Wants To Get ‘Focused’ On His Mental Health

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Kansas City Chiefs star Sammy Watkins wants to make sure his head is in a good place before figuring out his football future.

Watkins already said he could sit out next season depending on how things play out on his current contract. He has one season left and none of the money is guaranteed from the Chiefs. Now, he’s expanded on his viewpoint, and it’s clear he’s making his mental health a priority. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

Watkins said the following in part during a Tuesday appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio

I’m not really focused on the money aspect of it. I’m really focused on my health, mental health and really checking in on and making sure I’m ok with my life, my family, my wife, my kids. Once I figure that out, I think I will be fine.

You can listen to his full comments below.

I hope Sammy Watkins does take the time necessary to make sure whatever is going on in his head is doing well.

Football is awesome, it can provide a ton of money but it can also burn you out fast. Now, Watkins has a Super Bowl ring, he’s earned millions of dollars and it’s important to make sure his mental health is as good as possible.


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Over the years, I’ve faced many trials and tribulations. I’ve went through every phase in life and was counted out — all along, I stayed faithful to myself and kept my faith. I know that what got me here wouldn’t let me go astray. I stayed down, patient, and continued to love myself and everyone in this universe no matter what goes on! I know my family, the universe, and that very thing that manifested me in my mother’s womb got me! Ive conquered all my fears and doubts and I’ll continue to be the greatness that I am in every phase of my life! I’m so thankful for my wife, my children, my family, and my supporters through the years — I couldn’t have done this without everyone..! #WIZARD14 #LIMITLESS14

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More and more athletes are starting to focus on their mental health, and that’s a good thing. We should shine a spotlight on it.

You can’t put enough value on your mental health. You just can’t. What goes on in your head is way more important than what happens on the field.


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Watkins should be applauded for his blunt and positive outlook on the situation.