A Former L.A. Ram Great Is Now Saving Souls Just Outside of Dallas

Before he started working with substance-abusers outside of Dallas, Isiah Robertson was one of the NFL's biggest and baddest.

Isiah Robertson lives with his four children in Garland. He looks like an ordinary guy who’d be out mowing his yard and playing catch with his grandchildren -- well, except for the fact he’s 57 years old, 6-foot-4 and built like a tank. In the 1970s Robertson was a star linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams. But that was before crack cocaine took over his life, and the six-time Pro Bowler found himself almost beaten to death, starring into the barrel of a shotgun wielded by a drug dealer. He’d lost his career, his family, his cars and 14 homes. Robertson lived only because the weapon malfunctioned.

Today, Los Angeles Times columnist Jerry Crowe has a piece on Robertson, who now works with recovering addicts at a residential recovery center he founded in 1989. Located in Mabank, about an hour east of Dallas on the eastern shores of Cedar Creek Lake, the House of Isaiah is a nonprofit, faith-based center for men situated on 180 acres. Robertson told Crowe that since then, more than 1,250 men have come to deal with their demons and out-of-control substance abuse. “On a 10-point scale, I'm a 12 as far as happiness," says the former football star. "I am doing God's will, I'm at peace, and I've been forgiven." --Glenna Whitley

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