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Former Cal star Wesley Walker in 'constant, wrenching' pain

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Posted: 02/10/2013 1:20 AM

Former Cal star Wesley Walker in 'constant, wrenching' pain 


Sad story about Wesley Walker's health--hope he's able to find some relief.
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Posted: 02/10/2013 3:43 PM

Re: Former Cal star Wesley Walker in 'constant, wrenching' pain 


Very sad.  Didn't realize that he suffered temporary paralysis from a couple of the hits in the 80's.  Between the hits and old-style and unforgiving astroturf, I'm surprised even more former players don't suffer this kind of debilitating pain.
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Posted: 02/15/2013 4:08 PM

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Wow.  Walker was a pretty damn good wide receiver, and a fixture in the NFL as I came of age as a fan.  You just never know if or when that big hit will happen that causes life-long debilitation.  Very sad that someone who entertained so many has to be in such agony in the sunset of his life.  We can only hope Walker's plight is the exception to the rule, but it sure seems there must be many more like him that we never hear about.
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Posted: 03/04/2013 10:01 PM

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Major college football and (especially) the NFL need to do some serious thinking about how to treat major injuries and how to treat retired players.  I assume Walker's pension isn't anything close to enough to help him live decently and he played before multi-million dollar contracts were given out regularly.  He made a conscious choice to play a violent sport, but he also made owners a lot of money and deserves (like all other former players) to be compensated properly for the demands of this game.  There have been too many player suicides and too many players unable to function normal lives at a young age to not do something about this, especially with the NFL making billions of dollars per year.
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