Former NFL linebacker Adrian Robinson Jr. was suffering from the deadly brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) when he committed suicide at age 25 in May, per a report from ESPN.
Ben Andreozzi, the Robinson family lawyer, is saying that Robinson suffered a number of concussions in two NFL seasons. No lawsuit has been filed over his death.
Robinson appeared in 20 games across two seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos, posting three tackles over that stretch. He played college ball at Temple.
And thus comes another instance of how seriously concussions need to be taken on all levels of football. CTE is becoming a bigger and bigger problem and occurrence with every passing year, and the disease is not one that can be simply swept under the rug. Be it enforcing a stricter concussion protocol or flat out banning hitting a player in the helmet area, something has to be done before CTE claims another life all too soon.