Former NFL quarterback Jim Plunkett says his life "sucks" now.
Jim Plunkett is one of the most successful quarterbacks of all-time, winning a Heisman Trophy in 1970 and two Super Bowl titles during his professional career in the NFL. But was all of the glory worth the physical punishment his body dealt with each week? A recent interview Plunkett gave to Elliott Almond of The Mercury News suggests otherwise.
Plunkett told Almond that his life "sucks" - adding that he's had 18 operations and takes 13 pills a day to deal with pain. He's also been diagnosed with Bell's Palsy, which his physician thinks could also be linked to the throbbing headaches he gets.
These are the latest in a series of health problems that began four years after Plunkett left the NFL in 1986. He takes six pills in the morning, seven at night for his heart, blood pressure and other problems. Plunkett usually takes an opioid to play a round of golf, but otherwise stays away from the addictive painkillers. In early summer, he even tried hemp oil for a month but stopped when he didn’t see any results.
Plunkett also has artificial knees, an artificial shoulder and a back that's been surgically repaired, according to Almond.
It's no secret that football is a violent game, but in recent years, efforts have been made to make the game safer. Unfortunately for players from Plunkett's era, the long-term effects of playing football for a long period of time weren't really understood fully.
Plunkett, who is now 69 years old, played for the New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders during his 15-year career.