Gritting through NFL pain
Nearly nine in 10 retired NFL players surveyed report playing games while hurt, and more than half say they played through pain equally to satisfy coaches and because they wanted to. Roughly seven in 10 players who retired since 2000 say they took the pain drug Toradol, with most saying they used it regularly to ward off pain they anticipated during football games. Read related article.
Source: Washington Post survey of retired NFL players. The Washington Post.