Calvin Johnson Comments on Concussion History, Painkillers in NFL and More

July 6, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Detroit Lions great Calvin Johnson called it a career in March following nine standout NFL seasons, and he recently sat down with ESPN's Michael Smith for an upcoming episode of E:60 in which he discusses his history of concussions and painkiller use. 
During the segment, which will be televised Thursday evening at 10 p.m. ET, Johnson revealed it was never difficult to obtain painkillers in the locker room, via ESPN.com news services:   
I guess my first half of my career before they really, you know, before they were like started looking over the whole industry, or the whole NFL, the doctors, the team doctors and trainers they were giving them out like candy, you know?
If you were hurting, then you could get 'em, you know. It was nothing. I mean, if you needed Vicodin, call out, 'My ankle hurt,' you know. 'I need, I need it. I can't, I can't play without it,' or something like that. It was simple. That's how easy it was to get 'em, you know...

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