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Jake “The Snake” Roberts makes pit stop at TAMUSA
March 24, 2016

Jake “The Snake” Roberts makes pit stop at TAMUSA

Jake “The Snake” Roberts makes pit stop at TAMUSA

Wrestler Jake "The Snake" Roberts will visit Texas A&M University-San Antonio on Monday, Mar. 28 at 2 p.m. Roberts will speak about his recovery from substance abuse in the main campus auditorium. Those who wish to attend the free event can register online. Photo courtesy of CBS Sports

By Oscar Gonzalez

WWE Hall of Famer, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, will take his “Unspoken World Tour” to Texas A&M University-San Antonio on March 28 to discuss his history of substance abuse and his road to recovery.

Roberts is currently on his “Unspoken World Tour,” which includes appearances where he shares personal stories about his downward spiral and eventual recovery. Brandon Oliver — multimedia, graphics and publication coordinator and promoter for River City Wrestling — received the call about a possible tour stop in San Antonio and arranged the event with Campus Activities.

“Here’s the thing about Jake Roberts, that guy has lived 10 lifetimes,” he said. “You’re talking about a guy who has traveled the world over many times whose battle against substance abuse was well chronicled as was his road to recovery.”

The WWE inducted Roberts into the Hall of Fame in 2014. He had two stints with the organization in 1986 and 1996.

In 1999, he appeared in the wrestling documentary “Beyond the Mat,” which showed his fall from stardom. Then in 2012, Roberts received an invitation from “Diamond” Dallas Page, former pro wrestler and creator of DDP Yoga, to live with him and recover from years of abuse. “The Resurrection of Jake the Snake,” released in 2015, chronicled Roberts journey to sobriety while under Page’s supervision.

The event is free and open to the public, however, it’s preferred that those attend RSVP. Students, faculty and staff can RSVP for the event on JagSync. Community members, alumni and prospective students can RSVP here. Start time is at 2 p.m. in the auditorium at Main Campus. 

Oliver hopes to create an experience that shows both prospective students and all of San Antonio that the university has an inclusive environment.

“A lot of times, fans of certain genres feel like they are not included,” Oliver said.  “When they see there are other institutions, other populations that share a passion for the same thing, it creates a positive experience and that is something that is engaging and makes people want to be a part of it.”

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