The public is becoming increasingly more aware of the perils of playing in the National Football League, as more ex-players have come out and revealed how much it affects their lives after retiring.
With the concussion lawsuit levelled against the NFL by multiple former players and every other major development in the subject that has furthered national awakening, we hear more about how taxing playing football really is on a man's body and mind.
Well, former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antwaan Randle El - a Super Bowl winner - has come out and handed a further blow to the NFL, saying he wished he had never played football because of how messed up he is now.
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Randle El, who caught 27 touchdown passes and played in two Super Bowls in nine NFL seasons with the Steelers and Washington Redskins, was interviewed by the Pittsburgh Gazette in a sobering feature about players from the Super Bowl-winning 1976 and 2006 Pittsburgh teams. And his words were harrowing.
Play Baseball Instead
The former Indiana star revealed that if he could go back, he would never put on a helmet and instead choose to play baseball.
“If I could go back, I wouldn’t [play football]. I would play baseball," he said. "I got drafted by the Cubs in the 14th round, but I didn’t play baseball because of my parents… Don’t get me wrong, I love the game of football. But right now, I could still be playing baseball.”
Memory Loss and Walking Struggles at 36
Randle El then disclosed that he struggles with memory loss and has to go up and down the stairs in his house sideways because of the pain in his knees. He is just 36-years-old.
“I ask my wife things over and over again, and she’s like ‘I just told you that.’ I’ll ask her three times the night before and get up in the morning and forget. Stuff like that... I want to see my kids raised up. I want to see my grandkids.”
This is all from a man who has not yet reached his 40th birthday, who only retired in 2012! No matter how you look at things that is scary, and a real eye-opener for everyone.