After being drafted by the Steelers in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft, Chris Wormley struggled with anxiety in camp. The post-draft struggles continued into the regular season, as he struggled to get comfortable in his new surroundings.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have an interesting problem on their hands: the team has a new head coach, and their starting nose tackle, Chris Wormley, has reportedly been struggling with anxiety. According to a report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , Wormley will sit out the first two games of the regular season as a result. The team has not issued a statement on his situation directly, but they did provide a release that said, “Chris is doing fine and will return to playing as soon as medically cleared. We will continue to monitor his progress.”
In 2019, Steelers’ rookie defensive tackle Chris Wormley was an instant success, starting 11 games with 11 sacks and a sack in the Super Bowl. Three years later, the 20-year-old has struggled with anxiety and depression in recent years, and the NFL has been pressuring him to get help.. Read more about steelers defensive line and let us know what you think.
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Chris Wormley #95 and Stephon Tuitt #91 of the Pittsburgh Steelers react after Wormley’s sack against Baker Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns on 03. January 2021.
Last year was a difficult year for NFL players, due to the ongoing problems with the COVID-19 pandemic. But it was a particularly difficult season for Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Chris Warmley, who was traded from the Baltimore Ravens to the Steelers in March 2020, just as the extent of the global health crisis became clear. Then he suffered an injury in training camp that ended the season. To make matters worse, he injured his knee in October’s game against the Tennessee Titans, leading to a three-week stay on the injury list that affected his play on the field and put his future in the NFL in doubt.
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On Thursday, Wormley voiced his concerns during a discussion on mental health in Pittsburgh Public Schools, which also included Carnegie Mellon softball coach Monica Harrison and University of Pittsburgh volleyball star Chinaza Ndi.
That’s probably the most important thing to work on, Wormley said, referring to mental health. If you don’t feel good mentally, it can affect all other aspects of your life. …… Mental health wasn’t a topic I liked to talk about until my wife put a little pressure on me and tried to talk to me more about it. It opened me up a little. I was more careful with my feelings. She asked me how I felt and I just answered: I’m fine. I would give a simple answer instead of thinking about it. ….. You need to normalize the conversation about this and feel comfortable discussing these topics.
Wormley admits he didn’t always handle setbacks as well as he would have liked last year, but the experience was worth it.
There were a lot of times when I had a bad attitude, when I felt rejected by the Ravens, when I was locked in during the pandemic and then on top of that, I got transferred to a new team, he told ESPN’s Brooke Pryor. Just a lot of stress. And when I was hurt, too, a layer of fear and insecurity was added. … Over the past year, many events have caused me to doubt myself and my mental health. I think it made me a better person.
I really didn’t think I would come back
Of course, even after the 2020 season, the mental tension hasn’t gone away. The stress of becoming an unrestricted free agent posed a whole new problem.
The waiting process took three months, Wormley said, as reported by Steelers.com. I really didn’t think I’d be back [with the Steelers], he said. His concerns are likely exacerbated by the fact that he threw just eight interceptions and one sack in 13 games last year.
But shortly after another defenseman, Tyson Alualu, signed a contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Steelers signed Wormley to a two-year deal, giving him the chance to continue his career with the team that sent a fifth-round pick to the rival AFC North to acquire him.
Eventually, Alualu revisited his decision to leave the Steelers, which got his teammates excited.
The organization is likely excited as well, as the defensive line remains the strongest position on the team with three of the league’s best 32 linemen – Cameron Hayward, Stephon Tuitt and Alualu. All are part of an enviable mix of established veterans and promising young talent, including Isaiah Laudermilk, nicknamed Big Tree, who was selected in the fourth round of the draft.
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