Under Pressure

Under Pressure

How Playing Football Almost Cost Me Everything and Why I''d Do It All Again

Book - 2014
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In Under Pressure, Ray Lucas provides fans with a timely, uncensored look at pro footballs play-at-all-costs culture. Overcoming questions about his size and skills as a quarterback, Lucas persevered and went on to play seven seasons in the NFL. His professional football career, however, came to a sudden end at age 30, when a neck injury caused him to collapse on the sideline during training camp. Instructed by NFL doctors that surgery wasnt an option, Lucas turned to painkillers for relief, but as his tolerance for medication escalated and his NFL insurance coverage expired, he began to plan his suicide. Just days before he planned to take his life, Lucas was put in touch with a group of doctors who agreed to perform neck surgery free of charge. In this tell-all, Lucas shares howin a league without guaranteed contracts and careers that average just a few seasons longplayers in the training room are perceived to lack the toughness necessary to succeed on the field. He discusses how this prevailing attitude leads to widespread abuse of painkillers and leaves many former players unable to lead a normal life once their playing career ends while also sharing details on how he overcame his drug addiction and turned his own life around.
Publisher: [United States] : Triumph Books : Made available through hoopla, 2014.
ISBN: 9781623689179
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Seigerman, David
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