Jim McMahon was a first-round draft pick in the 1982 NFL draft with the Chicago Bears. He was a rookie starting quarterback with the team and was with the team for the 1985 Super Bowl win. In 1989 he started with the San Diego Chargers, then played with the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, and the Cleveland Browns briefly before winning the Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers in 1996 just before he retired.
Mr. McMahon has an equally long history of injuries, including at least two season-ending game collisions, one which heralded the first multi-game suspension for an on-field incident. In order to play through the pain, Mr. Mahon was given so many controlled substances and prescription drugs during his career that he became addicted to them.
Jim McMahon (Pro Bowl, NFC Rookie of the Year, NFL Comeback Player of the Year, College Football Hall of Fame and 2 x Super Bowl Champion, 15 years in NFL): “ I was constantly being given drugs which I now know masked the pain and made matters significantly worse. Worst of all, it was kept from me that I had no labrum in my shoulder the season after winning the Super Bowl. Rather than getting much needed surgery, I was given pain killers and pushed out there for 10 weeks. It was like sacrificing McMahon for a chance to repeat.”