The transition from a professional athlete to a more normal life is not always easy. Former Laval University Rouge et Or kicker Christopher Milo knows a thing or two about it.
After playing seven seasons in the Canadian Football League (CFL), the 34-year-old now works as a bus driver for the Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC) in Quebec.
If he likes his new livelihood very much, the one who retired from professional football in 2016 does not hide that the transition was complex and that he had dark thoughts.
“To be honest, it was very difficult,” he said in an interview with the TVA network. I am no different from the others, I have had my difficulties. Depression and anxiety, these are things I’m still working on. ”
Thanks to the “mister at the top”!
Milo experienced strong emotions during his time with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, where he notably won two Gray Cups (2013 and 2016)
“When you play for Regina, it’s like playing for the Montreal Canadiens. People know where you live, what you eat, what time you go to the bathroom, they know everything about you. When you go from that to nothing, that’s where in your head, it takes time to embark on a new life. “
Milo does not hesitate to say that his wife Véronique and his little daughter Mikaela have helped him a lot in this transition, as has his faith.
“I’ve always believed that the people who are supposed to be in your life will be around at some point, not knowing when, where, how, or how they will help you. But without the gentleman upstairs I wouldn’t be here, that’s for sure. ”