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Federal authorities have alleged that Burns used multiple aliases on his unusual path to the health care field. In 2000, when Cobbs was a promising running back at the University of Arkansas and Redmond was selected by the Patriots out of Arizona State in the third round of the NFL draft (three rounds ahead of Tom Brady), Burns was locked up in federal prison.

Then his fortunes turned. After he was sidelined by a leg injury in his first training camp, Cobbs did not play for the Patriots until October, by then having dropped on the depth chart. He appeared in only three games and was left off the postseason roster.

Enter Burns. On the recommendation of Eddie “Boo’’ Williams, a former Arkansas teammate who played in the NFL and received treatment at the Crosby Clinic, Cobbs entered the facility in 2015, after accepting Burns’s help in trying to avoid a prison sentence.

Young was facing three years in prison for felony assault in 2015 when Burns testified that he suffered from CTE symptoms and was responding well to treatment at the clinic. Young received five years’ probation, including a year in residence at the Crosby Clinic, but the commitment ended badly when he left the facility and severely beat a man.

As for Cobbs, he has long been free to leave the clinic, but he said he fears winding up like Young. He lives with other patients in a gated, three-bedroom hillside retreat, complete with a chef, an outdoor pool with a rock waterfall, a billiards room, and an animal menagerie: two horses, a llama, and a goat.

The residence has been owned by a bank since Anastasia Kirkeby, Burns’s former partner, lost it in foreclosure in 2016. Kirkeby and her husband, Glenn, have sued Burns in federal and state courts, alleging he “wormed his way’’ into their financial affairs. Their federal suit was dismissed but their state case continues.

There is no doubt that the clinic, in this period, ran into some trouble. Court documents show that in 2010, Burns and others involved with the clinic — then called the Athletes, Artists and Entertainers Retreat — settled a lawsuit by the family of a woman who was severely injured trying to kill herself after Burns allegedly ensured she would be safe there. Her suicide note allegedly stated, “Larry Burns lied to me.’’

Cobbs, 37, has been diagnosed with mild dementia and is due to receive $900,000 under the NFL’s concussion settlement, though he already has burned through much of the money, borrowing against the promised settlement to pay for a car, medical expenses, and providing for his five children.

Now, as he awaits his settlement check, Cobbs said he struggles with an array of emotional problems, from acute anxiety and depression to paranoia and impulsive rage, conditions that researchers say are not uncommon among victims of traumatic brain injuries.

Redmond played only three seasons in New England, but he forged his legacy with two special performances during the 2002 playoff run. First, he made three receptions in overtime to help set up the winning field goal when the Patriots defeated the Oakland Raiders, 16-13, in the epic divisional round “Snow Bowl’’ game.

Fifteen days later, in the Super Bowl against the heavily favored St. Louis Rams, Redmond had three more crucial receptions from Tom Brady on New England’s final drive to help set up Adam Vinatieri’s decisive field goal in a 20-17 victory, New England’s first championship.

Burns, meanwhile, said he was working with new partners — he declined to identify them — to purchase a nearby hotel that would increase the number of residential patients the clinic serves from 18 to more than 50. He said he plans to call the building “The Locker Room.’’