Barret Robbins, the former TCU and Oakland Raiders center whose struggles with mental illness torpedoed a promising career, was released from prison on Tuesday.
The 39-year-old Robbins, who anchored the offensive line that led the Raiders to Super Bowl XXXVII, had spent the past year and a half at the Dade Correctional Institute after initially receiving a five-year sentence in March 2011 on a drug-related probation violation.
It was at TCU that Robbins was first diagnosed with depression, but it wasn’t until he went AWOL on the eve of the Raiders’ Super Bowl that he was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He had previously told Andrea Kremer on HBO’s “Real Sports” that he had self-medicated his mood swings with drugs.
Here’s hoping Robbins can finally get his life turned around.