Former NFL Players Live in Misery After Multiple Concussions, Injuries

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N.F.L. fans, people outside, they have no clue what goes on. This isn’t like playing Madden. This isn’t like being the popular kid in high school. When you do those things in the real world, and it don’t work out, you still have your health. The thing about football is you’re directly playing with your life, the quality of it and the longevity of it. The stakes are up there.

You ever been in a car crash? Done bumper cars? You know when that hit catches you off guard and jolts you, and you’re like, what the hell? Football is like that. But 10 times worse. It’s hell.

I got my first N.F.L. concussion against Green Bay, my rookie year. I jumped, and my feet got clipped, and I hit the ground face-first. Bang! No shoulders. No chest. Nothing. Just my face hit. I got up, and I had the punch-drunk feeling, seeing starbursts and feeling giddy. I knew where I was. I knew what was going on. I also knew I had my bell rung. I made tackles back to back, and I remember one coach saying, the way he’s playing right now, the concussion probably did him some good. I played the whole game.

via Kris Jenkins’s View of Life in the N.F.L. Trenches – NYTimes.com.


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  1. You know why most athletes have such hard times after their career is over….They seem to think money only used is to spend spend spend and spend…….There are other uses such as investment and saving a little…

    • I agree. The medical issues aside mismanaging their money goes hand and hand with the health problems of former pro athletics. Most of these guys make a small fortune in the short time they play but squander it all. Yes there is that old saying “you still have your health” but in their case if they don’t have their health they should have their money to take care of themselves after their playing days end. Not to end unhealthy AND BROKE.

  2. and was that not your choice, but 2 play football??? life! there’s choices.

  3. that’s why I don’t envy these pro ballers, life is not so sweet after the cheering stop and you still punch drunk, lookin’ for a large order of fries and a pack of grape now or laters.

  4. Listen these trade their potential long term health or life for a short term lifestyle. Professional football is a short term thing. If they go into it with the right mindset (earn as much as possible, invest and not spend all of it) they can be fine. But everyone don’t get it twisted, they are playing a CONTACT sport and there is only so much the body can take.
    If they can stay away from the celebrity lifestyle, not purchase 20 cars, and live sensibly then it can be done but it is definitely a tradeoff.

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