Kicker Joey Julius has become a cult hero of sorts at Penn State for his punishing hits on kickoffs.
But last week, he captured attention for a different reason.
Julius, who’s listed at 258 pounds, shared a Facebook post disclosing that he received treatment in the offseason for an eating disorder. Friday morning, he got to open up to the nation, talking about his eating disorder with Good Morning America.
In an interview with Paula Faris, Julius discussed the struggles he went through with binge eating, from calling himself “fat, disgusting and lazy” to sneaking in snacks after eating salad in front of teammates.
“I would just lay there; there were times I would cry,” Julius recalled of times after binge eating.
Julius left the team in the summer and checked himself into a treatment facility. It was there he said he realized how big of a problem he was up against.
“After I got the treatment, I was like ‘You know what, if I continued down this path, I might not be here right now,’” he said.
You can watch the full interview below.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 14, 2016