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Robbins Admits Substance Abuse at TCU

Barret Robbins, the former Oakland Raiders center known for missing the team's Super Bowl loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after suddenly disappearing from the club days before the game, told HBO in an interview scheduled to air Tuesday night on "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" that his problems with substance abuse dated to his college days at Texas Christian.

"Some football guys get together and drink," Robbins said during the interview, according to a written transcript provided by HBO. "Some football guys get together and smoke. Some football guys get together and do steroids.

"... And I did all of them, yeah, when you're feeling up, and, you know, really high, you want to drink alcohol to, to come down or smoke marijuana to come down. When you're down, very down, you want to take cocaine to come up and to feel real again. To feel that spark again."

According to the HBO release, Robbins says he now is sober while living at a halfway house in Houston after a prison term and treatments for substance abuse and mental illness.

By Mark Maske  |  July 18, 2009; 4:02 PM ET  | Category:  Raiders Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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