TERRY Tautolo is a former Super Bowl champion who spiraled his life until he became homeless.
The nine-year NFL veteran has made it from winning football’s biggest award to living under a Los Angeles freeway.
He recovered from a desperate struggle with the help of his former teammates and coach.
The California-born star played for UCLA in college and won the 1976 Rose Bowl with them.
As a kid on the West Coast, he lived his dream – winning the Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers.
The former linebacker spent four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles to launch his pro career.
He then belonged to the 1982 Super Bowl-winning team of the 49ers at the Pontiac Silverdome.
Tautolo also played for the Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins before retiring from the game in 1984.
According to a 2012 report by CBS Sacramento, he was forced to retire after nine years due to concussion damage.
And post-playing drug addiction led to Tautolo becoming homeless.
In a recent documentary, he revealed that he would keep his homelessness a secret from others.
Tautolo said, “I’d stayed with friends off and on, but I didn’t want to burden them.”
Thanks to former coach Dick Vermeil, ex-teammate Brent Boyd, and the NFLPA, he recovered and was at a home in Santa Monica.
A previous report claimed he had made a tremendous turn, gained muscle and looked healthy.
He is now 68 years old and works with children with special needs.
Tautolo said, “I’m here now and I’m grateful.
“It’s such a bad word, addiction, alcoholism, but it really isn’t. This is my truth.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/7647671/terry-tautolo-super-bowl-los-angeles-homeless/ I was a Super Bowl champion, but it was all downhill – I lived under a freeway in Los Angeles