The Toll Football Takes

Discussion in 'Football Talk' started by IQless1, Jul 7, 2013.

  1. IQless1

    IQless1 Active Member

    I was researching some cards online, in order to find the correct listing for one in particular, when I stumbled upon this story, about Don Majkowski's recent health problems:

    At 49, Majkowski Has Already Lived "Nightmare"

    by Paul Imig
    3-28-13


    For more of the story, visit:

    http://www.foxsportswisconsin.com/story/at-49-majkowski-has-already-lived-nightm?blockID=885423
  2. IQless1

    IQless1 Active Member

    Those older guys really got the worst of it. they played for lousy pay, and took a lot more nasty hits than today's players, considering the gear they used.

    Majkowski played in the late 80's/early 90's, so he was on the bubble I bet for most of the money. It the players from before the 90's that really got burned.
  3. IQless1

    IQless1 Active Member

    Anyone read Chester Marcol's book, "Alive and Kicking: My Journey Through Football, Addiction and Life"? He lives near me, and my gf had him sign it for me.

    True story: I met him before in a bar, but didn't know it. I was playing pool for a league some twenty years ago and out of the blue someone asked me who my favorite Green Bay Packer player was, I said I really respected Chester Marcol, but doubted anyone else even remembered him. They kept bugging me, while I was shooting mind you, so Iooked over and saw this guy grinning at me...turns out it was Chester...but I didn't know it at the time. I mentioned that I'd just leave the guy alone if I met him, so he sat down and left me alone lol

    I could get autos easy from him, as he enjoys signing, but I never have...other than the book.
  4. MatthewDodd888

    MatthewDodd888 New Member

    I gotta give it to the old guys, they were really tough and took hits without anywhere near as much pads and gear as the players of today had. Unfortunately it is coming back to haunt them and that must suck. But, they signed up for it and they have to deal with the consequences and be happy about the benefits.
  5. athletictypist

    athletictypist New Member

    Football is just an unforgiving sport in general. What makes matters worse, football players take these huge beatings and barely get any sort of sustainable pension, unlike basketball and baseball players. In addition, teams will cut you in a heartbeat if you under perform and salaries are not guaranteed. I've never understood how the most ruthless sport has the least benefits.
  6. bigteeth96

    bigteeth96 Member

    Yeah football is pretty brutal, especially if you have been playing since a young age. I hope them well.
  7. mleocasas

    mleocasas Member

    The nature of the game is obviously pretty rough...And it's crazy to think how much less professionals were making even 20 years ago. This is why it's amazing to me though, when people whine every time the NFL modifies or improves it's safety regulations. It's a great game, but at the end of the day it's not worth it if people are being permanently crippled.

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