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Devale Ellis Gets Emotional Reflecting on His Wife's Support During a "Dark Time"

Season 2 Episode 202
Aired on 05/19/2018 | CC tv-14
When former NFL wide receiver Devale Ellis was playing football in college, he ended up needing surgery on four separate occasions. Through it all, though, he had the unconditional support of his future wife, Khadeen. Then, Devale got the opportunity to play in the NFL and had to move to Detroit on his own.

The 34-year-old admits that their separation was incredibly hard on him. "I suffered from depression. I ended up becoming addicted to pain meds," Devale says.

Reflecting on this difficult period still makes Devale emotional today. "That was a dark time for me," he says through tears.

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