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I heard about how lucky he was to have workers compensation and healthcare from being a high school physical education teacher. Not every player had that “luxury.” The NFL only gave those who played when Wesley did a two year Cobra plan when they retired. Those that got to get away unscathed were lucky he felt, but he didn’t sound bitter. It was the truth. He sounded very gracious for everything, but the pain and seclusion that is a life disabled and bed ridden 24 hours a day would snap him back to reality. He spent long hours staring at the ceiling, trying not to disturb his girlfriend while she slept, as he constantly hardly slept, requiring Ambien just to get a few hours. Wesley was a social person, but medication and the constant pain robbed him of that for years. He loved movies, but spending 24 hours a day watching them became unbearable. The pain led to drinking or being on prescription pain killers to numb the pain. He knew what was happening; he saw the worry in his children. Wesley gave up the medications, but still thinks about how much easier it would be to let prescription narcotics take the pain away. Being a physical education teacher, and spending the last 25 years enriching the lives of children, this was not the example Wesley wanted to set for his own kids.
Yeah I agree, but when you go back before the 80's, very few players even made a living wage. Their are also players who played a few years, maybe made a few 100s in their career, and got a 2 year cobra plan when retired, and are disabled for life and on the system, which we are currently paying for via works comp and disability.
originally posted by: Atsbhct
a reply to: Vaedur
I think when it comes to football, most people think of only the higher paid players. If people struggling to get by, working regular jobs, are able to scrape up enough money for retirement and insurance costs ( and a lot of people can't even do that ), then why can't men getting paid huge salaries afford to put money away for their health care?
When you play in the NFL, it isn't a secret that you're giving yourself up to maybe incur some serious, serious damage to your body.
I'm not sure of historical salaries, so I'm not sure what retirement aged players might have been able to afford, but I think most of todays players should make smart financial decisions to look after their health. They're aware of the risks. The US healthcare system is WAY less than ideal, but they know that as well, and they're in a position to save and pay for insurance.
Ramble, ramble, ramble. The end.