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How Painkillers Became the Norm in the NFL

Eight former NFL players–Richard Dent, Jim McMahon, Jeremy Newberry, Roy Green, J.D. Hill, Keith Van Horne, Ron Stone, and Ron Pritchard–filed a class-action lawsuit alleging the NFL supplied them with illegally prescribed painkillers throughout their careers, which led to medical complications such as addiction later in life. This raises concerns among football players all over the country: Are their team doctors are more worried about the team’s record or the players’ health?

An average pro football career lasts about 3-5 years. What happens when after that short span of time you become a forgotten athlete and an addict? Is a Super Bowl ring, MVP nod, or Hall of Fame induction worth it? We talk to ESPN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Michael Kaplan to get his take on the matter.

How Painkillers Became the Norm in the NFL

Eight former NFL players–Richard Dent, Jim McMahon, Jeremy Newberry, Roy Green, J.D. Hill, Keith Van Horne, Ron Stone, and Ron Pritchard–filed a class-action lawsuit alleging the NFL supplied them with illegally prescribed painkillers throughout their careers, which led to medical complications such as addiction later in life. This raises concerns among football players all over the country: Are their team doctors are more worried about the team’s record or the players’ health?

An average pro football career lasts about 3-5 years. What happens when after that short span of time you become a forgotten athlete and an addict? Is a Super Bowl ring, MVP nod, or Hall of Fame induction worth it? We talk to ESPN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Michael Kaplan to get his take on the matter.

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