Former NFL player Adrian Robinson takes his own life

May 19th, 2015 by Staff

Robinson, 25, spent time with the Steelers, Broncos and Chargers.

(WPXI.COM) HAMILTON ONTARIO, Canada – Adrian Robinson, a former defensive lineman with the Pittsburgh Steelers, has died. He was 25 years old.

The Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office told Channel 11’s Gordon Loesch that Robinson took his own life.

Gordon Loesch
Reports that former Steeler Adrian Robinson died in shooting are WRONG. Med examiner tells me suicide by hanging in Philadelphia. #wpxi
4:43 PM – 18 May 2015

Robinson, who went to high school in Harrisburg and played college football at Temple, had recently signed with the Canadian Football League’s  Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The Tiger-Cats and Robinson’s representatives at Symmetry announced the death Sunday and released the following statement:

“It deeply saddens all of us to share with you that Adrian Robinson Jr. passed away last night at the age of 25. 

“Adrian was a beloved father, son, brother, friend and teammate.

“We ask that you please respect his family’s privacy during this difficult time, and especially keep his daughter Avery Marie in your prayers. 

“Thank you for all of your support and consideration.”

The agency also asked people to consider making a donation to Adrian’s daughter, who is less than a year old. Anyone who wishes to do so can visit the Go Fund Me page established for her by clicking here.

Robinson signed with Hamilton as a free agent April 27. He appeared in 12 games for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012.

“Anytime you lose someone who is a part of our family, we’re all struck with the tragedy and the only thing you can do is try to pick out something good to try to remember. (I remember) him coming out and working his butt off each and every practice, just trying to make the squad and make a name for himself,” said former Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward.

In 2013, he played six games for the Denver Broncos and two for the San Diego Chargers.

Robinson had 156 tackles and 22 1/2 sacks in 50 games for Temple. In 2009 in his sophomore season, he was honored as the Mid-
American Conference defensive player of the year. He had 14 tackles for losses and 12 sacks that season.

TMZ Sports originally reported Monday afternoon that Robinson was killed by gunfire in Harrisburg. However, they later reported Robinson committed suicide by hanging.

TMZ Sports reports they spoke with Jeff Moran, of the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office, who said, “The manner and cause of death was suicide by hanging.”

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