After it was reported late Tuesday, former Alabama tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Jay Graham provided a statement on his departure from the team.
In his statement, Graham highlighted that he will be stepping away from football to address his own mental health concerns.
— Jay Graham (@CoachjayhGraham) March 24, 2021
“I appreciate Coach Saban and the University of Alabama for their understanding and support through this difficult time,” read Graham’s post online. “The events of the past year have taken a toll on millions of people around the world, not only in lost loved ones or lost jobs but in the unprecedented anxieties and mental health.
“I am taking time away from football to seek professional help immediately, gain a better understanding of mental health and spend time with loved ones. I hope to rebalance my life so that I am able to return to my passion of coaching and helping student-athletes pursue their dreams.
“While mental health issues are not new, they are often difficult to discuss, especially for coaches/athletes. I hope my voice inspires others that may be struggling to seek help. I would like to thank everyone for their support, grace and words of encouragement.”
Graham was originally introduced as Alabama’s tight ends and special teams coordinator back in February, replacing Jeff Banks who joined Steve Sarkisian’s staff at Texas.
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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77