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“I was in a very dark place”: Ryan Tannehill says he had many sleepless nights & therapy sessions after the heartbreaking loss against Bengals

Ryan Tannehill claims he couldn't sleep for weeks after the playoff defeat against the Bengals last season

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Ryan Timothy Tannehill is a name to reckon with in the world of the NFL. The star quarterback features for the Tennessee Titans in the NFL. He played college football at Texas A&M and delivered impressive performances on several occasions.

The Miami Dolphins roped him into their squad back in the 2012 NFL Draft. After spending a considerable amount of time with the franchise, he went to the Titans back in 2019 and since then, he has been an integral part of their setup. However, recently, Ryan has been all over the internet for giving an “unsavory response” when he was asked if he would mentor young Titans QB Malik Willis.

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“It’s a deep scar”: Ryan Tannehill on the playoff loss against Bengals last season

Ryan Tannehill

I don’t think it’s my job to mentor him, but if he learns from me along the way, then that’s a great thing,” Ryan had claimed about Willis. These words garnered contrasting reactions from NFL fans. While a few came out in support of Ryan saying that what he said is absolutely correct, many reprimanded him for being insecure and a bad teammate.

Most recently, as reported by Ari Meirov, Ryan opened up about the trauma he underwent after losing the Divisional Round playoff against the Cincinnati Bengals last season. “It’s a deep scar, I went through a lot of sleepless nights. Every time I closed my eyes I was rewatching the game in my head,” Ryan stated.

Didn’t get a whole lot of sleep for weeks after the game. I was in a dark place and it took quite a while and a lot of work to get out of there. It’s a scar that I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life just like a cut on your arm, it heals with time but leaves a scar, he added.

When he was asked what helped him to get out of that dark place, Ryan said, “therapy and talking to people. It was tough, it wasn’t a situation you would want to be in. You prepare so hard and for so long to chase your dreams and to go out and play beneath the standard that I have for myself, it stung.”

Ryan then went on to add that at this point, he can take a look back at it, learn from it and move on.

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