Former NFL great Jim Plunkett says 'My life sucks' at 69

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 5, 2017

He was drafted No. 1 overall by the New England Patriots in 1971, the same year he was sacked 36 times in a season the Pats went 3-11, per the Mercury News' Elliot Almond.

Decades removed from the playing field, Plunkett shared what his life is like now with Elliott Almond of the Bay Area News Group.

Now 69, Plunkett led the Raiders to two Super Bowls after a storied career at Stanford, where he won the Heisman Trophy in 1970. It's a tough tale.

These are the latest in a series of health problems that began four years after Plunkett left the National Football League in 1986.

Plunkett also has artificial knees, an artificial shoulder and a back that's been surgically repaired, according to Almond.

The latest malady to afflict Plunkett, who has undergone 18 surgeries, is Bell's palsy, which a neurologist told him is the main factor behind his pulsating headaches. He takes six pills in the morning, seven at night for his heart, blood pressure and other problems.

"My life sucks", Plunkett told the San Jose Mercury News. "It's no fun being in this body right now". "He got up a lot of times when he shouldn't have". Highly accomplished ex-professional football players, seemingly invincible at the peaks of their careers, struggling with their health as they get older, the game taking its toll on them long after they've stopped playing.

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