Jim Plunkett spent 15 seasons as an NFL quarterback from 1971-86, with all those years of punishment taking a heavy toll on his body.
In an interview with Elliott Almond of the Bay Area News Group, Plunkett said his "life sucks" and it's "no fun being in this body right now. Everything hurts."
A former No. 1 overall pick by the New England Patriots in 1971, Plunkett is forced to regularly take 13 pills throughout the day for various health issues, including his heart and blood pressure, per Almond.
"There are a couple other drugs I take—I can’t know them all," Plunkett told Almond. "I’ve got to take them every day to quote-unquote survive."
People had no issues watching pro football all throughout the 70s, 80s, 90s which were the worst decades for this kind of thing now they cleaned up the game a lot like a lot of those hits by defensive backs but now there are a lot more people saying they won't want to watch the game because of those issues even though the game was a lot more dangerous and team doctors were corrupt (now they risk fines for improperly treating injuries.