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.