Paging Writer Rob Trucks – Transcribed Dave Duerson ‘Oral History’ Interview for Deadspin

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For months, I’ve been trying to get hold of Rob Trucks, a writer who did an interview with Dave Duerson in November 2010, three months before he shot himself to death.

According to the precede of the interview excerpt that ran at, Trucks talked to Duerson as part of an oral history project about men turning 50. The link to “’You Have to Accept My Pain’: An Interview With Dave Duerson Three Months Before His Suicide” is

My February 25 review, “Dave Duerson’s Posthumous ‘Deadspin’ Interview Is More Revealing Than Candid,” is at

Neither Trucks nor Deadspin editor A.J. Daulerio has responded to a series of emails asking if the full transcript and/or audio of the Duerson interview could be made available, or if they could say a little more about contacts with Duerson before or after.

Last week National Football League spokesman Greg Aiello told me that Duerson attended his last meeting as an NFL Players Association-appointed trustee of the Bert Bell / Pete Rozelle NFL Retirement Plan on November 17, 2010, in New Orleans. According to Aiello, this was the last time NFL Player Care Foundation executive director Belinda Lerner saw Duerson. Lerner recalls this meeting “as when he introduced his fianceé to the other Board participants.”

Trucks said he interviewed Duerson for one hour by telephone on November 27, 2010, the day before Duerson’s 50th birthday.

Duerson killed himself on February 17, 2011.


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