Originally Posted by WWJD
All of them!
Most of these guys can't walk straight when they get into their middle years and have joint problems for the rest of their lives. Roger Staubach has the creepiest looking hand I've ever seen. One of his fingers was so badly broken it's freaky looking now.
I've always admired any athlete that can get to the top of his profession. That's what I would consider the NFL.
Not all of them are disfigured for life. That's grossly overstated. I have briefly known a couple of former players, and met a couple of others, and seen many interviewed on tv. They look and feel fine. Ever seen a guy who worked in a coal mine for 20 years. All he gets is black lung disease followed by a few years of dying a slow death. Nobody gives him a standing O. Yet, he probably didn't make enough to even leave his kids a decent inheritence. Am I the only one who sees the irony and inequity of any of this.