Playing through pain: Jason Taylor on NFL injuries
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- Duration 4:08
- Date Feb 21, 2013
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FL linebacker junior sale last year has put a spotlight on the dangers of professional football but is it is it not just the head injuries were talking about to be talking about the whole body recent story -- -- times -- try to -- we've -- -- Highlighted the fifteen year career of Jason Taylor he would play through injuries with the help of drugs and even at one point was hours away from losing his leg.
Attorneys right now is former NFL star Jason Taylor wanted to -- -- -- turned TV star overall.
Oriental -- -- I was shocked to see what you put up with.
And you reason for coming forward to talk about what you did to stay on the field.
Well you know it's just think it's the culturally NFL and it's you know only one guy -- -- that vehicle through injuries every year have to battle through those things -- It's all the -- during the Sunday assault that's a real was saying that will connect to not play Sunday in a -- -- -- -- -- I play on Sunday and it will need to do to get to that point so.
To other third legal drugs that we take painkillers treatments and alternative treatments whatever you can do to get yourself back from a -- -- -- play again.
Extraordinarily though you would be in so much pain you you right and you talk a little bit about how you were so much pain.
You tried to fall asleep standing up on the stairs it would I had compartments of the roof in my leg -- I had no idea what I was I was trying to get comfortable go to bed particularly -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Take some painkillers -- that the doctor gave me to go to sleep enough -- was working.
And I realize the more walk around the house of -- -- -- Tough but this is where some walking back upstairs and I got to a point when the steps most comfortable.
And it's 2 o'clock in the morning and and I've got a bunch of drugs we try to go to sleep and there are finally got comfortable.
Found over the West End up -- sleep I can do it but if I had to lay down throughout I'd be in tears so.
There's a lot of discussion now about the NFL potentially being responsible for -- head injuries there's the class action lawsuit against them.
As a former player you also saying that it is the players' responsibility because you willingly took those drugs to get back on on the field -- -- Far -- -- this is -- -- a week we signed up for this and I understand and I understand those guys that are.
That there in a class action suit heard about the concussions in the ramifications of the concussions were.
About one of those guys.
We signed up for the there was -- -- bodies we understand going -- never once have I ever felt that -- doctor whether it be in Miami in New York with the jets -- Washington.
Never -- -- -- like that about -- put me in harm's way.
He would tell with the information and you know practices which are done you -- do this much more damage -- you can't do this what's more damage.
If you wanna play bad -- which are always -- always want to play OK great talk to people what's wrong how would you buy company would you ever lied to the doctor.
There all the time you know what have little time still if you look at a case like -- for Cisco Fort Myers is here for Alex Smith it's concussion.
He's playing very well -- thirteen minutes he tapers are -- last year.
He -- to coach a -- of the championship -- one step away from the Super -- and he gets concussion this year has to miss one game.
Called -- because put -- as a quarterback.
Alex remembered it's his job back.
So what happens to a starting quarterback or -- or higher profile team like that what does that say for the fiftieth on the roster -- before -- -- crossover to how these things would you do it all again the same way.
What and I citizen your record.
I was -- what was that again -- to have it -- them to live up -- -- -- would you replace professional sports I had the best job in the world there for long talk had to play a game that I loved.
With guys that I loved.
Got paid well for.
Doing beginning today and finally you wanted to be the next like Strahan you love sports -- you want to do everything right and want to host Hugh -- ten years ago talking about -- yeah.
A little -- -- -- about ten times over yeah I do I think what Michael straighter and -- has been fantastic and crossing over from just sports and news and entertainment every day life with these immigrants and any field today.
I feel great I'll go play but I read I don't I don't play one game like this can recover that next week Jason -- it's easy to get that again.
It's really sort of share and.
Margaret do you mind that we don't have had.
Yeah how highly -- agreed to cede territory traveling so much -- --