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09/25/2014 11:36 am ET Updated Sep 25, 2014

Terry Crews Gets Honest About Anger And The NFL: 'I Could Easily Have Been A Ray Rice'

Terry Crews offered a beautifully honest explanation of why it's so easy for professional athletes to turn violent in their personal lives during a HuffPost Live interview Wednesday.

"To get to be a professional athlete, it takes anger. You have to be angry, because somebody counts you out, and they said, 'You'll never make it, you won't do it,' and that gets you up at four in the morning. You work out for three, four hours on anger. There's power in anger. The problem is when you make it, you're still angry," he said.

Dangerous aggression among NFL players has become a national conversation amid the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson scandals, and Crews understands that aggression first hand based on his years as an NFL player:

Society has said you're nothing, you're nothing to us. Then [athletes] go, 'I made it! I made it!' But what happens is now that anger is turned on their family, the anger is turned on their friends. And I was that guy. I could easily have been a Ray Rice. I'm not even joking. I am that guy who had that kind of anger. But what happened is I ended up alone. When you're by yourself and when you're sitting there and your kids don't want to be around you and your wife is like, 'Bye buddy, I'm out, I'll be over here,' you realize, wait a minute, man, I don't want to be like this.

Watch Crews' powerful words on anger in the clip above, and see the full HuffPost Live conversation about his new gig as the host of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" here.

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