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A long NFL career may cost more than players think...

Postby kcgator » Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:48 pm

There are hundreds of stories like this out there. Football is brutal...

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2013/04/23/brad-johnson-price-of-nfl-career/2108063/

ATHENS, Ga. -- Brad Johnson's plan for this April day is a light one — tutor a young quarterback on throwing mechanics in the afternoon, have dinner with his family in the evening.

But first he has to get out of bed and down the stairs of his home. It's the hardest part of his day, every day.

"I go down one step at a time with two feet. One step. One step. One step," the 44-year-old former NFL quarterback says. "My 73-year-old dad was visiting and I told my son to help him get his suitcases up the steps. He walks slow and he's got a bad knee. He starts walking and my son turns to me and he says, 'Dad, he walks just like you.'

"I never thought it would be like this."

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Re: A long NFL career may cost more than players think...

Postby rogdochar » Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:06 pm

Sure wish permanent debilities and concussions were not the often
aftermath of the game. Forgotten and crippled.?... But then some
win "Dancing with the Stars". :?
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Re: A long NFL career may cost more than players think...

Postby gatorpe » Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:16 pm

Just another broken down Nole. F him. :cry2:
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Re: A long NFL career may cost more than players think...

Postby Homer J » Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:20 pm

I feel sorry for him but, he knew the risks of playing football. He first felt the pain in his neck in 1997 and retired 11 years later. HELLO! Even a Seminole should know that if you punch a wall and hurt your hand, you don't keep doing it.

BTW, maybe Peyton should read this, since he'll be in the same boat in a few years.
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Re: A long NFL career may cost more than players think...

Postby rogdochar » Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:51 pm

Homer J wrote:I feel sorry for him but, he knew the risks of playing football. He first felt the pain in his neck in 1997 and retired 11 years later. HELLO! Even a Seminole should know that if you punch a wall and hurt your hand, you don't keep doing it.

BTW, maybe Peyton should read this, since he'll be in the same boat in a few years.


That is Pro-football's full gamble ... the NFL "house-rules'" seem to
be : gain wealth lose health ? But still, aren't the odds that grown-up
athletes base their yes/no decision on far more winsome than Casinos ?
i.e. aren't the life success stories in the majority ? needs exposure.
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Postby Gator Fever » Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:56 pm

It seemed like in that special HBO did a few years back every OL with some years in the NFL had knees that were shot now in their early 40's. Some were really bad.
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Re: A long NFL career may cost more than players think...

Postby BMF » Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:32 pm

Boo hoo. Go visit Bethesda-Walter Reed and let's talk about Brad Johnson's bad mornings....
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Re: A long NFL career may cost more than players think...

Postby kcgator » Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:08 pm

BMF wrote:Boo hoo. Go visit Bethesda-Walter Reed and let's talk about Brad Johnson's bad mornings....


You're an ass.
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Re: A long NFL career may cost more than players think...

Postby Swamp82 » Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:27 pm

BMF wrote:Boo hoo. Go visit Bethesda-Walter Reed and let's talk about Brad Johnson's bad mornings....


+1 not any of the people at Bethesda made millions doing what they loved and could have quit when they wanted. I hate it for Brad but that was his choice and he knew the risk. I'm trying to come up with something funny about Brad being a Nole but none of this is funny.
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Re: A long NFL career may cost more than players think...

Postby BMF » Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:47 pm

kcgator wrote:
BMF wrote:Boo hoo. Go visit Bethesda-Walter Reed and let's talk about Brad Johnson's bad mornings....


You're an ass.


Thank you....
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Re: A long NFL career may cost more than players think...

Postby rogdochar » Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:29 am

BMF wrote:Boo hoo. Go visit Bethesda-Walter Reed and let's talk about Brad Johnson's bad mornings....


"BMF" points out the extremely sad situations of life-ruin actually
happening to young heroes suffering before even getting a taste of
some good life, a lifestyle they, their mates, and their offspring will
have no inkling of.

Wars seem always to be the required reality. Politicians need to allow
them to be fought with less "foot-soldier" horrors on all sides.
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Re: A long NFL career may cost more than players think...

Postby gatorpe » Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:06 am

kcgator wrote:
BMF wrote:Boo hoo. Go visit Bethesda-Walter Reed and let's talk about Brad Johnson's bad mornings....


You're an ass.

I thought I was being an ass first. I do feel sorry for all these youngish gladiators with a lifetime of pain and injury from playing a game we all
love to watch. Brad was such an interesting case. Came to play BB for fsu and then ended up behind some the fsu QBs that starred there. Then he went on and had the better NFL career. He sounds like a good guy still trying to live
his life despite injuries.
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Re: A long NFL career may cost more than players think...

Postby vulcan_alex » Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:16 am

While I do have some feelings for him, the story has some other parts that I find important. Apparently he could not drive to the game but felt it important to play. Another instance he could not remember the play but insisted no concussion and continued playing.

If you are willing to take these sorts of risks you should understand that bad things might happen.

Now about his knees, plenty of normal folks need these replacement although they might be older.

About the stairs, why would a person with wealth have stairs or at least not have to go up them?
I am a "Vulcan" and try hard to keep things logical and without emotion. However as a "Vulcan" I have a highly emotional reaction mode for special occasions.
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Re: A long NFL career may cost more than players think...

Postby mrgator » Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:01 am

kcgator wrote:
BMF wrote:Boo hoo. Go visit Bethesda-Walter Reed and let's talk about Brad Johnson's bad mornings....


You're an ass.


No... I agree with BMF. I'm more sympatheticto the football players than perhaps BMF is but there is a distinct difference between this multi-millionare NFL player who got to play his favorite game as a career and a serviceman who gave of himself/herself for our country with very little financial gain to show for it.
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Re: A long NFL career may cost more than players think...

Postby kcgator » Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:29 am

rogdochar wrote:
BMF wrote:Boo hoo. Go visit Bethesda-Walter Reed and let's talk about Brad Johnson's bad mornings....


"BMF" points out the extremely sad situations of life-ruin actually
happening to young heroes suffering before even getting a taste of
some good life, a lifestyle they, their mates, and their offspring will
have no inkling of.

Wars seem always to be the required reality. Politicians need to allow
them to be fought with less "foot-soldier" horrors on all sides.


Those young heroes knew the risk of their professions as well. This is a sports forum and this is a sports story. It has absolutely nothing to do with patients at Walter Reed.
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Re: A long NFL career may cost more than players think...

Postby kcgator » Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:35 am

Boo hoo hoo for Wilber too. Guess he should've joined the military.

Marshall left quarterbacks writhing — if they could move at all. Like the season when he drilled Detroit quarterback Joe Ferguson, leaving him limp. "I can still see it my mind in slow motion," said Bears teammate Dan Hampton. "I was thinking, 'This can't be good.' "

Some of his most hellacious hits, where he launched his body to detonate a quarterback, led to rules changes. "Understand what I'm going to tell you," Hampton said. "Wilber wasn't a dirty player — he was a vicious player. He played the game with an inner rage. He'd knock the living (stuff) out of you every chance he got. That creates an intimidation and fear that players don't want to talk about or acknowledge."

When Keith Van Horne thinks of his former Monsters of the Midway teammate, this comes to mind:

"Mass times acceleration equals force."

These days, it is Marshall, who walks gingerly, who pays an exorbitant price for those numbing collisions.

"This game will kill you," he said. "I've got to have my knees replaced and both shoulders. I can't raise my arms over my shoulders. I've got no cartilage because they've been dislocated so often. I've had four knee surgeries — it's bone on bone. I fractured both ankles. I've got nerve impairment in my wrists and hands. My spine is compressed and I've got bulging discs. The pain runs all the way down my leg."

He is resisting surgery, in part, because "if you get it fixed, you're off disability and it might make it worse."
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Re: A long NFL career may cost more than players think...

Postby WobbleGator » Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:31 pm

Johnson should STFU and live in a one story house.
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Re: A long NFL career may cost more than players think...

Postby Zambo » Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:17 pm

The thing is that if you told all these players on NFL draft day that it would be a virtual certainty that before they were 50 years old, their bodies would be broken and they'd be living in pain.....99.9% of them would still play. For most of them, 20+ years of living the good life followed by years of pain is still better than lower class (or worse) living for your entire life.
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Re: A long NFL career may cost more than players think...

Postby kcgator » Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:24 pm

WobbleGator wrote:Johnson should STFU and live in a one story house.


I support your right to marry.
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Re: A long NFL career may cost more than players think...

Postby WobbleGator » Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:42 pm

kcgator wrote:
WobbleGator wrote:Johnson should STFU and live in a one story house.


I support your right to marry.

I don't support your right to f*ck your mom.
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