Former Pittsburgh Steeler linebacker Adrian Robinson tragically committed suicide in July. Now, his autopsy shows Robinson suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, CTE, a degnerative brain condition that has affected countless players.
His brain was examined at Boston University with the results publicly shared today.
According to their family lawyer Ben Andreozzi, Robinson suffered multiple concussions during his career. Officially, he’s only known to have suffered one during his NFL career back in October 2012. Practice reports indicated him as “limited” that week. He wound up being active and playing against the Washington Redskins. It’s unknown how many, if any, concussions the 25 year old suffered in college.
Through Andreozzi, the family says they began, “noticing changes in his behavior, and didn’t know why.”
Robinson spent three years in the league, making two career tackles. The Steelers traded him for Felix Jones in August of 2013. He last played with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL.
Former players who suffered from CTE include Dave Duerson, Mike Webster, and Justin Strzelczyk. All three deaths are believed to be strongly linked to the disease.