Former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien opens due to his mental health problems caused by injury sustained while playing football. Rypien is known for winning MVP awards in Super Bowl XXVI and spent most of his Pro Bowl career ending in 2002 with the Redskins.
In an interview with KHQ in Spokane, Washington, Rypien reveals that he has tried to kill himself, does not recall an incident involving domestic violence, and has been, in the broadest sense, "in dark places." He sees the cause as a brain injury during his football career. He said his life is "all a blur."
"I am suffering from a complex stew of mental illness," Rypien said to KHQ. "Dark places, depression, anxiety, addictions, bad decisions, bad decisions caused by dozens of concussions and thousands of sports substructural injuries."
Rypien said he was only alive because his wife Danielle saved him from attempting suicide.
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When KHQ asked him last year about an incident involving domestic violence between Rypien and his wife, he blamed him for new drugs he took. He also said that he could not even remember that special night. KHQ reported that the charges were later dropped and the case dismissed.
"Part of this is getting the right medicines, if you're using something that does not respond to that impulse control, you're going from zero to 60 very quickly," said Rypien. "I do not remember that night, I remember losing control."
KHQ also asked him about his involvement in a prostitution spur in Spokane in 2012. From her story:
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Rypiens come comments after recent studies have shown a link between football and CTE is – a degenerative brain disease, diagnosed only after death can be. In 2015In 2017 The League has also seen some players retire, in a younger age than the normal age, while like Rypien have got over their mental health problems.
With growing attention, the NFL has improved its concussion policy by giving officials, concussors and independent doctors more power to get players out of the games, but the problems persist. Last seasonwhile  Seahawk's quarterback Russell Wilson skipped a compulsory brain test to return to the field. . In an effort to make the game more secure, the NFL recently discussed and passed a new
Nevertheless, it should be noted that football
"It's a collision sport," Dr. James Andrews Sports Illustrated 2016. "If we started a new sport today and wrote down the rules and regulations, we probably call it football. I would do anything to make football safer, but that's the way it is the sport: there will always be injuries, we know that, and we all work to keep it that way, we want it to go on, believe me. "
Rypien, the main plaintiff in an obedience suit, was settled (), the NFL criticized.
"I think (The NFL is a powerhouse, they'll tie things up in court, and I really believe they'll go to court until people die," he said.
Rypien said his support Team – Drugs, mental and physical health specialists and a regular doctor – "stabilized me." He said that if he could go back, he would not play football and he would donate his brain to science.
You can Read more of Rypien's interview at KHQ.com.