Robbins Thinks Raiders Would Have Won Super Bowl With Him

As former Raiders center Barret Robbins continues the painstaking process of putting the pieces of a shattered life together again, he still carries around the burden of what might have been.
Robbins became notorious for going AWOL during the run up to Super Bowl XXXVII, due to the combination of drugs, alcohol, and an undiagnosed case of bipolar disorder.
And he thinks things would have been different if he’d played.
“I felt that if I had played that game, we had a lot better chance to win,” Barret recently told FOX 26 in Houston.  “I felt we would have been able to win that game.  It was an extremely exhausting event and put me down as far as I probably ever had to go at that point in my life.”
Since those fateful days in early 2003, Robbins has endured many struggles, self-inflicted or otherwise.  He still carries two bullets in his body from a 2005 incident with police.  He didn’t address the details due to pending civil-rights litigation against the officers who shot him.
Currently living in a halfway house, Robbins recently completed a court-ordered drug rehab program.
“I’m just sick and tired of being sick and tired,” Robbins said.  “When you get to a point where you are sick of jails, institutions, near-death experiences, things of that nature, God allows you to see things in a different light and he has for me.”
Hopefully, others can learn from Robbins’ example, without jail, institutions, near-death experiences, or some combination of the three.

35 responses to “Robbins Thinks Raiders Would Have Won Super Bowl With Him

  1. About time he took some blame…I know Bill was a idiot in that game by not changing audibles, but Robbins going AWOL before the Super Bowl is huge!! He was a pro bowl center who made all the line calls…and we know how valuable the line is…Adam Treu was just a long snapper who was forced to play Warren Sapp in his prime…Raiders deserve as much blame, but to hear Robbins say it out loud makes me fell 1% better

  2. I’m sure his former teammates are sick and tired of thinking of what might have been. He’s a selfish Dude…Why would you even post news about this LOSER!

  3. I hate to be the clouds on this guys ☼’y day but not even he couldn’t have prevented the record-setting 5 INT’s by Richy Rich

  4. Poor Barrett…I feel sorry for him as a person and a former football player. To think that a center would’ve changed the outcome of the game…
    I highly doubt his absence was the reason that Rich Gannon threw 5 interceptions, where 3 of those were returned for touchdowns.

  5. Agree….he makes all the line calls….that HUGE!! Yes, it was not the sole reason, Callahan being idiot did not help, but they may have been able to overcome it with their pro bowl center making the line calls and playing Warren Sapp in his prime…Nothing against Adam Treu, but he was a long snapper forced to start the biggest game of his life…I don’t think enough gets mentioned how much we missed Robbins…makes me about 1% more happy he said it..still hate him tho

  6. A thug with drug problems who got shot by police was on the Raiders? No!! That can’t be!! 😉
    On the other hand, now that he’s off the Raiders, he seems like he’s trying to get life back on track.

  7. I almost thought he was taking responsibility for his actions until I read the part about him suing the cops that shot him.

  8. Ugh Barret, you would have had a better chance of winning if your coaches had been smart enough to change their audibles from the previous year when the opposing coach in the Super Bowl (Gruden) had coached the Raiders.

  9. The Cowboys aren’t Vox’s home team. That being said, Barrett Robbins is clearly mentally ill and still hasn’t found an appropriate medication service plan.

  10. This guy is delusional. I thought that part of AA’s 12 Step Program was making amends for past mistakes, not taking responsibility for not achieving a goal that in all actuality was never going to occur. This to me is the ultimate in the “ME” athlete and it’s disgusting… contrition veiled in ego. I hate to say it Barrett, but you would have lost regardless of whether you played or not. You were never that good and neither was your team. But, if it’s any consolation, you did let down your team in the biggest moment of your life. Congratulations now go back to rehab…you’ll have to pardon my lack of compassion the addiction excuse is wearing old on me.

  11. This guy is delusional.
    I thought that part of AA’s 12 Step Program was making amends for past mistakes, not taking responsibility for not achieving a goal that in all actuality was never going to occur. This to me is the ultimate in the “ME” athlete and it’s disgusting… contrition veiled in ego. I hate to say it Barrett, but you would have lost regardless of whether you played or not. You were never that good and neither was your team. But, if it’s any consolation, you did let down your team in the biggest moment of your life. Congratulations now go back to rehab…you’ll have to pardon my lack of compassion the addiction excuse is wearing old on me.

  12. That’s the first time I’ve heard of jails and “near-death experiences” being of the same “nature,” but I guess he’s right, sort of…

  13. DCNinerFan says:
    June 13th, 2009 at 6:59 pm
    A thug with drug problems who got shot by police was on the Raiders? No!! That can’t be!!
    On the other hand, now that he’s off the Raiders, he seems like he’s trying to get life back on track.
    Asinine comment. Feel free to dig up articles on how many “thugs” we’ve had arrested in recent years. Like two in the last five years. Oakland has choir boys compared to most of the league.
    The Niners…well they just have shitty players. Have fun with Queen diva Crabtree whining about your crap QB play this season. Take care.

  14. I’m surprised Florio has never caught wind of Terry Kirby’s role in this situation. Might just be too unsavory.

  15. I live with a bipolar and have experienced life both medicated and unmedicated. He’s not stupid or selfish; he’s sick. With medication he’ll be fine; unmedicated he’ll try unsuccessfully to self-medicate with alcohol or street drugs.
    Give him a break; he was sick. The disease is real and self destructive. If he understands his problem, he’ll be fine.

  16. It was diagnosed, it was said that he stopped taking his meds around mid season. Sad story, underated center finally gets probowl vote, gets chance at superbowl and no meds makes him piss it all away. For about 3 years he was the best center in the league.

  17. if the raiders would have been able to get their running game started anything could’ve happened and considering he was the best interior line man and made all of the line adjustments, the raiders might have had a chance. but the bucs D was so dominate.

  18. Hey DCNinerFan, They sure miss you in Castro district. I think you better get back so you can get your life back on track!

  19. When the Bucs D scores as many points as your #1 ranked offense you aren’t gonna be making that much of a difference from the OC positon, moreso when the rest of the Bucs team put another 27 points up on you.
    Hell even Dermontti Dawson or Mike Webster wouldn’t make a 4 TD difference in a game

  20. ncoolong and alpod – you 2 are delusional along with Robbins.
    Did you watch the same game I did? If so, you saw the same (Robbins or not) complete A$$ beating that everyone else watching did. Even Michael “The Wife Beater” Pittman showed up for the only time in his Bucs career that day. The Raiders were out of that game from the opening whistle. It was also the only time Chucky’s vaunted “Dink and Stink” offense was anything but offensive in his entire tenure as Bucs coach.

  21. The Raiders were the best team in the NFL that year, hands down. Problem is, when the other team knows your playbook and has a defense like the Bucs did, it doesn’t really matter how great you were. They knew where the ball was going on every single down. It’s well documented in many interviews with those who played in the game.
    The Bucs deserved to win the game, no doubt about that, but they damn sure weren’t the best team in football, let alone in the NFC for that matter. If it wasn’t for “Chucky” being there, they wouldn’t have won the game, and more than likely, wouldn’t have even been there.
    @ Stormcat
    “You were never that good and neither was your team”
    Spoken like a truly biased dumb ass. To say that, shows that you have no clue. Your talking about a Pro bowl center and a team that was easily the best in the league. …and before anyone even says it. I’ll counter. Winning the Super Bowl doesn’t mean a team is the best in the NFL

  22. Its sad what happened to him but I dont think he would have made that much of a difference… unles he had convinced Callahan that there might be a slight chance that Gruden knew something about the offense he created and the players he handpicked… btw Im being sarcastic:
    Callahan = Dumbest coach in America

  23. Raiders757 – “Spoken like a truly biased dumb ass. To say that, shows that you have no clue.”

  24. Dirty Bill Callahan lost that game. Probably even got a kick back from his old special little buddy Gruden. Bill was soooo stupid and cocky that for Gruden, it was like playing chess against yourself. Gruden literally built that team and coached them to be their best for 4 years. If the Raiders played against any other coach, they win. Hands down. Yes, i’m a fan. But you have to admit, they were bad a$$ on offense that year. Just ask the Titans.

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