Bobby Jenks has seen the top.

But until recently very few knew he’s seen the bottom too.

Being one of many heroes on the 2005 White Sox team that ended an 88-year World Series drought, the former closer was back at SoxFest this weekend as an invitee of the team.

Open, honest and forthcoming, Jenks shared the personal struggles he’s been through since leaving the White Sox after the 2010 season.

“I literally was close to death. Not just scared to death. I was close,” Jenks told CSNChicago.com on Saturday.

Jenks last pitch was in the big leagues in July 2011 for the Boston Red Sox. But, it was a game just a few weeks prior that led to a downward spiral.

“I shouldn’t even have come out of the bullpen. I felt it then, but I wanted to do my job. I’m a gamer. I wanted to play. I wanted to get my job done. I tried to just fight through it one more day and just couldn’t. I literally through that pitch and my body wouldn’t allow me to do anything else.”

What happened after led to three back surgeries in two years, depression and an addiction to painkillers that put the two-time All-Star and 2005 White Sox hero’s life in jeopardy.