Playing in the NFL is a dream come true for most of the players who make it to this level of playing. Playing a long, fulfilling career is a dream that’s even more exclusive and hardly a guarantee even with the skill and determination required to make it happen. So much can go so wrong. But in the end, if you can retire on top, then you can be proud of everything you have accomplished.
But … it’s not all perfect from there. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana, now 59 years old and more than two decades removed from his retirement from the NFL, recently spoke with USA Today about the damage his body took in the league and how that has affected him all these years later.
Montana is obviously a guy doing quite well for himself at this stage of his life, but reading about his health issues is just depressing. Fortunately, it doesn’t sound like there is a lot of brain trauma, which is the obvious concern with the NFL today, but there are a host of other ailments.
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SOURCE: SB Nation, James Brady