Ron Pritchard – 1969 – 1972 with Houston Oilers, 1973 – 1977 with Cincinnatti Bengals. College at Arizona State. College football Hall of Fame. First round draft pick.
Ron’s football related surgeries – 6 knee operations, elbow, foot, shoulder replaced, hand surgery (horrible arthritis), cancerous lesion on kidney removed. Prior to the 1974 season, Ron remembers amphetamines (speed) available in bowls in the locker room. Players helped themselves. After the games, the team provided qualudes to bring players down and allow them to sleep. After a knee injury and surgery, he was sent back to play after only 3 weeks using painkillers and anti-inflammatories to deaden the pain. After the season, he needed 3 additional surgeries on the same knee over the next 36 months. Knee eventually needed replacement after years of being in pain post- NFL.
Ron Pritchard (College Football Hall of Fame, 9 years in NFL): “You would walk into the locker room and there were open containers of amphetamines available. No directions, no warnings, no doctor, no nothing.”