Mark Rypien opens up on mental health issues, attempted suicide

Former Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien, the MVP of Super Bowl XXVI, says he once tried to kill himself — the result of mental health issues stemming from his football days.

Rypien detailed his problems for Spokane TV station KHQ and The Spokesman-Review, hoping it leads to more awareness of problems from playing football.

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.

Rypien said those poor choices included going to Spokane spas that were shut down as part of a prostitution sting in 2012. He also attempted suicide on the same day as his daughter Angie’s birthday. Rypien said he swallowed 150 Advil pills and then drank a bottle of merlot.

One of the biggest stories before, during, and after Super Bowl 52 was the benching of Patriots cornerback (and Super Bowl XLIX hero) Malcolm Butler. Butler had played 1,174 of the Patriots’ 1,197 defensive snaps through the AFC Championship Game (98.1 percent), per Pro Football Focus, but he did not step on the field on defense even once during the Patriots’ loss to the Eagles.

Bill Belichick has yet to explain exactly why Butler did not play but there have been a whole lot of rumors and innuendo about what might have happened on that fateful Sunday night. Butler got himself a nice payday from the Tennessee Titans in free agency and doesn’t seem to be holding much ill will toward the Patriots, Belichick, or former Pats defensive coordinator (now Lions head coach) Matt Patricia.patriots_016-223x223

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