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Spellman returns to football after addressing disorder

Alonzo Spellman's life and NFL career were turned upside down due to bipolar disorder, writes Greg Garber.

Originally Published: June 9, 2006
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS -- Alonzo Spellman has lived the dazzling high of being an NFL first-round draft choice. He also knows the lows; he once spent six months in the depths of a depression in a darkened bedroom.

Today, Spellman will tell you the only place he can function with success is somewhere in between: the murky shadows of the gray area.

Spellman, sitting in a quiet hotel suite 27 floors above the circus that is the Mandalay Bay Casino, exhales deeply. There is an undeniable wisdom in ...

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