Autopsy: NFL ex-player from Harrisburg who killed himself had brain injury

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 14, 2015 3:25 PM

Photo by AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker, the late Adrian Robinson, sits on the bench during an NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013.

(Harrisburg) -- Researchers have confirmed that a former NFL lineman from the midstate who died of suicide at 25 had the brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Adrian Robinson Jr.'s diagnosis was confirmed Wednesday through officials at the NFL brain bank at Boston University.

Family lawyer Ben Andreozzi says Robinson had several concussions during two seasons in the league. The family has not filed suit over his May death in Philadelphia.

Robinson, of Harrisburg, played for Temple University before playing for Pittsburgh, Denver and San Diego in 2012 and 2013.

Scientists continue to debate the potential links among concussions, CTE and suicide.

Concerns about repeated concussions have led to congressional hearings and new rules on when student and professional athletes can return to play.

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  • Jim Foster img 2015-10-15 10:50

    I find myself deeply conflicted about football these days. I follow the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penn State with a passion, and I like Pitt. But football has become a mercenary business that chews up young men and spits them out. At the college level, coaches make millions, major colleges make tens of millions, while the young men who are putting their health and even lives on the line make a pittance. Of all major professional sports, there is only one where contracts are not guaranteed, and that is football. This makes no sense, because football is far more dangerous than basketball or hockey. This situation has to change, but the leadership of college and pro football seems blind and clueless. As I said, deeply conflicted.

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