Ron Stone began his professional football career in 1993 with the Dallas Cowboys, where he won two Super Bowls. He was signed in 1996 to the New York Giants, where he was named to two Pro Bowl and two All-Pro teams. He made the Pro Bowl again in 2002 when he was with the San Francisco 49ers, despite playing the entire season with his right arm in a brace. MR. Stone finished his career with the Oakland Raiders in 2005.
In order to play through the pain of injuries Mr. Stone was given Toradol before most games. Like most players, he kept extra pills in his locker and frequently traded pills with other players. Mr. Stone suffers from severe joint pain and lack of range of motion, stemming from his elbow, knee and ankle injuries during his time in the NFL. Surgeries to treat these injuries when they initially occurred were either delayed or not performed at all, so that Ron would be available to play in the games. Instead, the injuries were treated with prescription pain pills distributed without a prescription and injections.
Ron Stone (Pro Bowl, All Pro, 2x Super Bowl Champion, 14 years in NFL): “Instead of telling me to rest and recover, the NFL just shot me up with pain killers in my joints. When you are hurt, your body is trying to tell you something, I wish the NFL doctors had told me something different. Now I can barely move a muscle without severe pain.”