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Addiction Recovery

Jim Riley

Football star Jim Riley played his first games at Enid High School. He received All-State honors and was recruited by legendary coach Bud Wilkinson to play for The University of Oklahoma, where he was a Coach’s All-American.

The Miami Dolphins drafted him in 1967. Jim played for the Dolphins from 1967-1973. He was an original member of the “No Name Defense,” playing in a Super Bowl and becoming a member of the first undefeated team in NFL history, the 1972 Dolphins.

Shortly into his pro career, addiction began to play a deadly role in Jim’s life. For many years, Jim and his family struggled because of his addiction. In 1985, Jim Riley won the most important game of his life, his battle with alcoholism. Since that time, Jim and his wife Robin have dedicated their lives to helping others with addiction problems through The Jim Riley Outreach, headquartered in Edmond, OK. For six years, Jim made his living by knocking men down on the football field. Now, he spends his time picking people up and teaching them how to stand on their own two feet, free of addiction. Jim has celebrated nearly three decades of sobriety, and his enthusiasm for helping addicts and their families has not waned.

Jim has co-founded  the men’s treatment facility named Rob’s Ranch in Purcell, OK.  He also served on the first Oklahoma Association for Problem and Compulsive Gambling. Jim travels the state, speaking to schools, churches and businesses, sharing the story of his recovery.

In October 2003, Jim Riley Outreach opened its first mentoring (sober living) home for men called the Pellow House. They now operate three sober living (a.k.a. Pellow) homes for men and one sober living (the Parker House) for women. In 2014, Jim Riley Outreach expanded their vision to include a mentoring home for young women aging out of foster care. Blake's House is under the direction of Jim and Robin's daughter, Marcie Riley Bazor and is located in Plano, Texas.   

The Rileys host weekly support group meetings for men and women, and were selected in 2010 as one of Oklahoma’s Ten Most Inspiring Couples by The Oklahoma Marriage Initiative.

Jim and Robin Riley are the proud parents of two children, Blake and Marcie. Blake died in a car accident in 1989. Marcie, her husband Tim Bazor, and daughters, Stacy and Charli, live in McKinney, Texas.