Post by CapitalD56 on Mar 30, 2018 16:09:49 GMT -5
"My story is impactful because people see me in a different light. I want them to see me in an accurate light. I've been down the darkest path. I've made some horrible, horrible mistakes. But I've given myself a chance to progress forward."
Rypien said those poor choices included going to Spokane spas that were shut down as part of a prostitution sting in 2012. He also attempted suicide on the same day as his daughter Angie's birthday. Rypien said he swallowed 150 Advil pills and then drank a bottle of merlot.
When his wife, Danielle, found him, she poured hydrogen peroxide and charcoal down his throat, inducing him to vomit the pills.
"It was the thought that people aren't going to miss me," Rypien told the newspaper. "My life is as s---ty as it could ever be. I was shameful and guilty of poor decisions, shameful and guilty of being depressed all the time. I didn't want to be around anymore. I didn't look at how this would affect my kids, my grandkids, my wife, my family."
Another reminder of why these guys deserve a lot more love and compassion than we give them. A lot of our heroes from decades earlier have died, or been maimed by the game, the one thing I'm so appreciative of w/regards to Cousins is the fully guaranteed contract he got. In a league that literally destroys the brains and bodies of its players, the least the league can do is actually pay these men what they earned.
As for Rypien himself, it just breaks your heart reading stories about him, and Marshall, and so many other greats from the eighties and nineties laid waste by the game.
I hope and pray that he can get help from psych's and doctors. He gave us so much, and he deserves so much better than to end like this.
And no, I absolutely would not let mine play pro football.
Post by BattleRedTexan on Apr 2, 2018 16:48:40 GMT -5
I ran across this and felt some of you might be interested. It's a long detailed account of Mark Rypien and his (ongoing) struggles with brain injury and probable CTE from his football career. Anger, violence, and even suicide attempts.
I'm a guy that feels like all of the "new rules" are ruining the game that I grew up on and fell in love with. Seeing guys like Jack Tatum and Ronnie Lott lay the wood to receivers was probably what I liked best about the game in my youth.
Reading articles like this gives a new perspective on the (admittedly well compensated) toll it takes on these guys for our entertainment...
Post by skinsmaniac on Apr 8, 2018 19:00:41 GMT -5
Mental health isn't an issue on here . Mark Rypien was a hero to me but nobody cares in fact I bet if RG3 blew his brains out people would laugh and say he was a diva between gf ,s . I will always love what mark went through,and how he was as a person.
rskin72: Wonder who else was injured today. Schreff….
Oct 14, 2018 15:08:09 GMT -5
Carnack: Dunbar lost his mind
Oct 14, 2018 15:08:20 GMT -5
Carnack: still very much a WIP
Oct 14, 2018 15:08:44 GMT -5
rskin72: Yep....we are. But we need to beat Dullass and NY. The Fecals will be a tough nugget.
Oct 14, 2018 15:08:54 GMT -5
Carnack: we match up wel and play the eaglestough every year. Its teh Cowboys we have a hard time getting by
Oct 14, 2018 15:09:19 GMT -5
rskin72: AS still has some growing pains with his receivers. Just not totally in synch. And God only knows it seems like every team musters a rush against us
Oct 14, 2018 15:10:04 GMT -5
rskin72: Yea, I will agree with you about the fecals and turds....the Gits also seem to have our number
Oct 14, 2018 15:10:34 GMT -5
rskin72: Or KC's number to be specific
Oct 14, 2018 15:10:44 GMT -5
Carnack: we will at the least split with the boys and the giants this year, though I think we will sweep the giants..the Eagles are the best team in the division and we will have to bring our A game to beat them.
Oct 14, 2018 15:11:50 GMT -5
rskin72: And hopefully have some folks back from injury. Need to be at full strength....or close to it
Oct 14, 2018 15:12:33 GMT -5
Carnack: we just need to get this secondary some experience without losing....its obvious they are very raw
Oct 14, 2018 15:13:34 GMT -5
rskin72: we should sweep the Gits. Manning has looked bad. But he does have OBJ...and their rookie RB looks very good
Oct 14, 2018 15:13:35 GMT -5