Mark Rypien details mental health issues, suicide attempt in effort to help others

Mark Rypien found success in nearly everything he did as an athlete, from his days as a three-sport star in high school to excelling at Washington State and being named Super Bowl MVP with the Redskins.
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In the years since he retired from the NFL, though, Rypien has seen his mental health deteriorate to the point that he first threatened to kill himself, then actually made an attempt to do so, he told the Spokesman-Review in a wide-ranging interview.
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Rypien, now 55, played in the NFL from 1986-97, then Shaun Livingston Jersey returned for a final season in 2001. His post-retirement experience has followed a similar pattern to others who spent decades playing football, with mood swings and memory loss preceding increasingly erratic behavior that sometimes turned violent.

Limited Womens Jean Beliveau Jersey Let’s address this now, Rypien said. Let me share my story so others can share theirs. Let’s get rid of this silence that happens when you’re caught up in this cycle and you don’t know how to find the help I’ve been afforded. There are ways to get help. There’s great work going on in our community. But we need to team up and do more.

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.

If your helmet comes in contact? Norman asked. How are you going to avoid that if you’re in the trenches and hit a running back, facemask to facemask and accidentally graze the helmet? It’s obviously going to happen.

Sherman was more visual with his evaluation of the rule.

It’s ridiculous, he wrote in a text message to USA Today. Like telling a driver if you touch the lane lines, you’re getting a ticket. (It’s) gonna lead to more lower-extremity injuries.

While both Norman and Sherman both make good points, new Patriots defensive end Adrian Clayborn had more of an entertaining response.

The new rule will take some getting used to for players, officials and fans alike, but Norman was right in pointing out how the implementation of the rule is showing the change in the game of football.

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