Ex-NFL players don't have a lot of kind words for their former league

5/22/14 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Blog Photo - Ex-NFL players don't have a lot of kind words for their former leagueEarlier this week, former NFL player (and current actor) Terry Crews said the NFL was like a 'cult,' and the players were just drinking the Kool-Aid.

Now, some other former players are also speaking out about their time with the league, saying that they were given pain pills 'like candy.'

Are NFL players being herded through the system and not necessarily being given the most careful medical attention? Most certainly. Are their bodies being put at great risk in the name of the almighty dollar? Without a doubt.

Crews had strong words about the power that the NFL holds over its players:
"There is this thing where the team kind of looks at [itself] as your father. And it’s kind of weird, because it’s like ‘You’d do this for the team, right?' It’s really like a cult. I’m going to say it. The NFL is a cult, because you’ve been looking at this motto and this logo for your whole life and you believe in it and you’re like ‘They wouldn’t do anything to hurt me. They never would.’ And, uh oh, maybe they would. When you give your life over to something like that and give your total trust into something like that, it will always disappoint you."

Former center Jeremy Newberry is one of 600 former players being represented in a lawsuit against the league, and he described the way teams would hand out candy 'like Halloween,' and give players things like Percodan, Percocet, Ambien, Vicodin, Toradol and other drugs, giving them a temporary relief from the pain, or help them fall asleep.

Now, Newberry is suffering from kidney failure, high blood pressure, violent headaches and other symptoms that can be traced back to his injuries and treatment during his NFL days.

This is nothing new, and it's certainly no secret. NFL players have been coming out of the league as nearly invalids for decades. Whether it's a litany of concussions or no use of their fingers, NFL players pay a heavy price for their participation in the game they love.

It's time for the NFL to dig into its coffers and pay back their former players for all the pain they're suffering.
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