"In the final weeks of Ryan Hoffman's life, the former football player spent nights in this abandoned warehouse in Haines City, Florida, eating out of garbage cans. A standout player at the University of North Carolina in the 1990s, Ryan, 41, encountered substance abuse and legal problems after his athletic career. His mental health deteriorated. He and his family believed that the hits he had taken for the game profoundly harmed his brain. On November 16, he sent his mother a text message saying that most of his belongings had been stolen. Everything but his bike was gone. At 3:59 p.m., another text arrived: "loveless. homeless. no food. no clothes. no anything." To read the full story by Juliet Macur, who first wrote about Ryan in January, visit the link in our profile. Photo by @angelfranco_nyt." By nytimes on Instagram.
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