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Old 02-02-2012, 01:36 PM   #1
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It's downright scary to hear what these gladiators of the 70's and 80's are now experiencing as a result of the beatings they took not just on Sundays, but at practices as well. Being a rugby player of 25 years, my body is rarely 'right' anymore but I can imagine the trauma these guys are experiencing after even 10 years in the NFL.

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''They were hitting me, and I'd be squealing like a pig,'' Dorsett said, imitating the guttural sound. ''It was so bad that the other team was telling our coaches, 'Get him out of the game.' You know that something's wrong then. And like a fool, I stayed as long as I could. They're going to our sideline, telling our coaches, 'Get him out of the game!' ... You know it's bad when the opposition feels sorry for you.''

Other players describe an off-camera NFL that is darker than the carefully scripted show presented during Super Bowl week. Their recollections, based on playing careers that touched every decade from the 1960s to the 2000s, include:

''Midnight snack'' buffets at a team hotel the night before games that would allegedly consist not only of food and drink, but also painkillers so that, as Rory Graves, an Oakland Raiders offensive lineman from 1988-91, puts it, ''The next day, you feel like a kid. You could run into a car no pain! You didn't feel nothing.''
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A day-to-day, post-football existence that is difficult because of, for some, depression, dementia, migraine headaches, memory lapses, along with balky hips and knees and shoulders. ''My body hurts all the time,'' said Mark Duper, who caught more than 500 passes as a wide receiver with Dan Marino's Miami Dolphins from 1982-92. Duper is more concerned, though, about the ringing in his ears, the loss of memory, ''having a conversation and, all of a sudden, I just forget what I'm talking about.''

''I try not to take medicine. I don't want to be a zombie,'' Duper adds. ''What little left I've got in my brain, I want to keep it normal.''
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Old 02-02-2012, 02:30 PM   #2
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Yes it sad, it has been for way too long, the NFL needs to do something about it but they only seem to care about the guys who where there when they hit the big money.
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Old 02-02-2012, 02:58 PM   #3
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Yes it sad, it has been for way too long, the NFL needs to do something about it but they only seem to care about the guys who where there when they hit the big money.
To be fair, the NFLPA deserves a minimum of 50% of the blame. It is, after all, thier job to represent the players; but just like the owners, they don't seem to give a **** once you're done.
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Old 02-02-2012, 03:06 PM   #4
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Plus, the NFL has been getting serious on hits to the head for years (which will relate directly to mental performance later in life), and everybody gives them guff for it and says "That's football!"

Well then get rid of football. If it can't be played without some reasonable restraint on intentional blows to the head and neck, something's wrong with the game.
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Old 02-02-2012, 03:30 PM   #5
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Stupid Puss cakes , back in my Day you just rubbed dirt on it and you was fine , didnt need all this time off sissy therapy stuff .......
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It's downright scary to hear what these gladiators of the 70's and 80's are now experiencing as a result of the beatings they took not just on Sundays, but at practices as well. Being a rugby player of 25 years, my body is rarely 'right' anymore but I can imagine the trauma these guys are experiencing after even 10 years in the NFL.
I wouldn't call them gladiators, they did it for free and fear of death if they failed.

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Old 02-02-2012, 04:23 PM   #7
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While I do think some tussin would work wonders, this is a serious problem.
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:00 PM   #8
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I wouldn't call them gladiators, they did it for free and fear of death if they failed.
I wouldn't call them Gladiators either, these players supposedly played for the love of the game. Yes back then in the 60's and 70's players didn't get paid all that much, the 80's were better. But yes.. there was no plan for future medical issues much less retirement.

But calling them Gladiators makes it sound like they played against their will, Kill or be Killed.
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:08 PM   #9
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I wouldn't call them gladiators, they did it for free and fear of death if they failed.
They did get paid actually, and many, if not most, did it for the fame and glory. Many slave gladiators made more money then being in the Roman army and many other professions of the free Roman. Also not as many matches ended in death as movies depict.
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