Barret Robbins Oakland Raiders Career
February 5, 2012 by staff
Barret Robbins Oakland Raiders Career, Barrett Glen Robbins (born August 26, 1973) is a former American football center for the National Football League Oakland Raiders where he played for nine seasons between 1995 to 2003. After playing for Texas Christian University, he was taken by the Oakland Raiders in the 2nd round of the 1995 draft. He became one of the NFL’s best centers, being elected to the Pro Bowl in 2002. He was the leader of the Raiders offensive line that led them to Super Bowl 3plxVII.
In 1996, Mike White’s last year as head coach, the second-year Robbins replaced Dan Turk in the lineup, becoming only the fifth starting center in Raider history, after Turk, Don Mosebar, Dave Dalby, and Jim Otto.
During the 2000 NFL season with Jon Gruden as head coach and Rich Gannon at quarterback, Oakland scored 479 points (29.9 points/game), 3rd of 31 teams in the NFL, thanks to a strong offensive line which included Robbins playing between Steve Wisniewski at left guard and Mo Collins at right guard in all 16 games (also both playoff games), finishing with a won-lost record of 12-4, top in the AFC western division. In the divisional round of the 2000-01 NFL playoffs, Oakland shut out the Miami Dolphins 27-0, gaining 140 yards on the ground. However, the Raiders lost the AFC championship game to the Baltimore Ravens when Gannon was injured early.
During the 2001 NFL season, Robbins was injured, playing in only 2 regular season games, replaced by Adam Treu (also in both playoff games), when Oakland scored 399 points (24.9 points/game), 4th of 31 teams in the NFL, and won the AFC west again with a 10-6 record, easily defeating the New York Jets in a wild card game but losing to the New England Patriots in the divisional round.
In a 2009 interview with HBO’s Real Sports, Robbins told Andrea Kremer that before being diagnosed as bipolar, he had dealt with his mood swings by taking alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and steroids. He also said that he had been in a manic mood for both Raider playoff games prior to the Super Bowl. His ex-wife, Marisa, also interviewed for the story, said that before the diagnosis there were days where he had breakfast and went right back to bed.
In early 2010, a police officer pulled him over near Dallas and found crack cocaine in his car. On March 25, 2011, Robbins was sentenced to five years in a Florida prison for a drug-related probation violation.
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