Jeremy Newberry was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 1998, and played with them for nine seasons before signing with the Oakland Raiders in 2007 and finishing out his career with the San Diego Chargers in 2008. Mr. Newberry was a second-round draft pick that started every game of the 1999 and 2000 season, first at right tackle and right guard, before taking over at center. Mr. Newberry was a two-time Pro Bowler, was named to the All Pro team twice, and received the Ed Block Courage Award from his fellow NFL players in 2005.
Mr. Newberry played in more than 160 games and received hundreds if not thousands of injections from doctors and pills from trainers to allow him to play through pain. Mr. Newberry was routinely injected with Toradol , a masking agent that deadens feeling, before the game, and injected with pain killers throughout the game, before being given more pills and beer after the game. He was never told about the side effects of the drugs, or the dangers of mixing the drugs. He currently has Stage 3 renal failure, and suffers from high blood pressure and violent headaches, for which he cannot take any drug that may further deteriorate his kidneys.
Jeremy Newberry (Pro Bowl, Ed Block Courage Award, 11 years in NFL): “There were seasons when I was given multiple injections during the game. There were times I went an entire season too hurt to practice and I was shot up for games with Toradol and given all kinds of pills by the team trainer to numb my body enough to last the game. After I retired, I learned that the NFL had warnings of elevated protein levels in my blood and urine, a precursor for kidney damage. I was never told about this by anyone. My current doctor said the reckless frequency and mixture of drugs from my playing days caused internal organ damage. I am 38 years old and now have to live with Stage 3 renal failure as a result. It all could have been avoided if the NFL told me what it knew”.