Former first-round pick out of Alabama and lead receiver for the Atlanta Falcons, Calvin Ridley, is stepping away from football indefinitely.

Announced Sunday, the receiver cited having to work on his mental health as motive for his decision.

Ridley had been absent from Week 8’s matchup against the Carolina Panthers due to a “personal matter” and previously missed a Week 5 game against the New York Jets for the same reason.

The wideout released a statement on Twitter, detailing his decision, which came as a surprise to many.

“… I need to step away from football at this time and focus on my mental wellbeing,” announced Ridley.

Ridley was tied for fifth most receiving yards in the NFL last season (1,374) and caught nine touchdowns …