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(SFGate)   Twenty-five years after their first Superbowl win, '82 49ers deal with pain, immobility and artificial joints. Hail to the victors   (sfgate.com) divider line 26
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2007-01-20 03:10:19 PM
and we still question why guys like robert smith, barry sanders and tiki barber don't hang around forever? they want to walk when they retire
 
2007-01-20 03:15:35 PM
Still standing www.onlinesports.com
 
2007-01-20 06:00:39 PM
...and how much did they get paid?
 
2007-01-20 06:50:25 PM
Oh man. Great article!

I know guys just like this.

Oh except they are construction workers.

And most of them are still working.
 
2007-01-20 07:10:15 PM
"2007-01-20 06:50:25 PMhalfof33


Oh man. Great article!

I know guys just like this.

Oh except they are construction workers.

And most of them are still working"

Yes Construction workers do push themselves hard indeed.
But NO WHERE near as brutal as the typical NFL lineman does.
Anyone thta thinks differently is delusional as NFL football is the only profession here in the USA ,where you have 300 lb men rushing into you as hard as they can over & over again.
 
2007-01-20 07:19:22 PM
TANJIAN: Yes Construction workers do push themselves hard indeed.
But get paid NO WHERE near as much as the typical NFL lineman does.
 
2007-01-20 07:24:21 PM
In other news, many people around the age of 55 have artificial joints, pain, and immobility.

/dumb article
 
2007-01-20 07:30:43 PM
I can't remember where I read it, but I saw a story talking about how Willie Wilson, the ex-Royals great, decided to choose baseball over football. Wilson met some Chiefs players before choosing which sport, and Hall-of-Famer Willie Lanier told him, "If you want to walk without a cane by the time you're 35, play baseball."
 
2007-01-20 07:58:28 PM
Ask yourself, would you go through years of health problems later on in life if it meant a few years on top in the spotlight, and pretty much never having to worry about money or working again?

I think most people would say yes.
 
2007-01-20 08:12:27 PM
82 was the beginning of the steroid era, but was well into the pain killers and amphetamines/coke era.


Lesson is, more steroids, less coke and opiates.
 
2007-01-20 08:38:56 PM
Ask yourself, would you go through years of health problems later on in life if it meant a few years on top in the spotlight, and pretty much never having to worry about money or working again?

I think most people would say yes.


They would. And they would still say yes in the case of consequences far more dire. Back in 1984, Sports Illustrated did a poll of 198 Olympic athletes, and asked them if they could take a drug that was completely undetectable and would guarantee them a gold medal, but then they'd die from the drug five years later, would they take it.

The fact that this number was higher than zero is disturbing. The fact that the number that said yes was 52% id downright horrifying.

Granted, it's 23 years later. And there's every chance that the yeses have plunged from 52%. But I can guaran-damn-tee you it's still nowhere near zero.
 
2007-01-20 08:48:40 PM
If their pay wasn't so high, I would feel bad for them.

Kind of ironic, that the nerds they picked on in high school could beat the crap out of them now.
 
2007-01-20 08:49:34 PM
Kiribub: ...and how much did they get paid?

From the article: "two former 49ers players estimated the typical salary in 1981 at about $60,000". I'm sure it was above average for the time, but sure couldn't say they were set for life, and that wrecking your body for that amount of money was worth it.
 
2007-01-20 08:50:08 PM
This article is part of the reason why I don't mind seeing football players make good money. Baseball players, on the other hand...
 
2007-01-20 08:57:16 PM
Inflation Calculator says $60,000 in 1981 was $134,255 in 2005.
 
2007-01-20 09:18:03 PM
reggiemiller

I can't remember where I read it, but I saw a story talking about how Willie Wilson, the ex-Royals great, decided to choose baseball over football. Wilson met some Chiefs players before choosing which sport, and Hall-of-Famer Willie Lanier told him, "If you want to walk without a cane by the time you're 35, play baseball."

I've heard this story, too. But didn't Willie Wilson would then go on to become an absolute looney bird? Or was it his son or something...
 
2007-01-20 09:19:35 PM
Oh by the way those NFL'ers get Workman's Compensation for their injuries too.
 
2007-01-20 10:47:37 PM
Well, Willie Wilson did become a big cokehead. But he didn't need a cane.
 
2007-01-20 11:07:27 PM
After 15 years of banging hot girls, I too have to have my hips replaced.
 
2007-01-20 11:31:59 PM
Dammit, subby, now the Michigan fight song is stuck in my head. It may never leave this time...
 
2007-01-21 12:54:33 AM
Poach, come on man. I love football players, and respect that they do, but as someone who's travelled as much as baseball players...

wow it tears up your body, and doing it year after year.

Plus 162 games a year...it sucks.
 
2007-01-21 02:34:40 AM
Anyone thta thinks differently is delusional as NFL football is the only profession here in the USA ,where you have 300 lb men rushing into you as hard as they can over & over again

Actually TANJIAN you are wrong. Crack whores take the same type of abuse and don't have nearly the pension plan.

/Vaginal replacement surgery?
 
2007-01-21 02:39:23 AM
Think about it the Jacksonville head coach Jack Delrio and Randy Johnson both played together at USC. Randy Johnson is still playing and Jack is hobbling up and down the side lines.
 
2007-01-21 09:28:32 AM
Gosling: And they would still say yes in the case of consequences far more dire. Back in 1984, Sports Illustrated did a poll of 198 Olympic athletes, and asked them if they could take a drug that was completely undetectable and would guarantee them a gold medal, but then they'd die from the drug five years later, would they take it.

I don't believe it.
 
2007-01-21 10:17:32 AM
bigwoody: Dammit, subby, now the Michigan fight song is stuck in my head. It may never leave this time...


Good. Go BLUE!
 
2007-01-22 02:07:37 PM
Oh by the way those NFL'ers get Workman's Compensation for their injuries too.

Players who retire while physically able to work are obviously not entitled to comp when their bodies break down later on.
 
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