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The Athletic's Zak Keefer published a harrowing story this week documenting the life of former Indianapolis Colts LB Jeff Herrod. Herrod dealt with the long-term effects of concussions and a myriad of other injuries. He also shared what his 56-year old mangled hands look like...
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NOSTRODAMUS14 months
Why can’t he play video games? His thumbs look ok
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deltaland14 months
My left hand pinkie is bad out of whack it makes a S shape when looking at it from the top and doesn’t fully extend. Got caught in a facemask making a tackle. Part of the risk of playing football and I miss playing every day. Wouldn’t trade the memories for anything
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imjustafatkid14 months
He can easily get those hands fixed.
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Deacon Reds14 months
I have a finger that would look like that if I hadn't had surgery on it. Was trying to block a punt and the punter kicked my finger. It was an inch shorter right afterwards until the surgeon reconstructed the joint. Have to get those things fixed right after they happen and start to heal.
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GatorPA8415 months
He played football and his hands are disfigured related to playing and possibly underlying conditions
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Gnarly, yes. Gruesome? Nah, but when has Larry ever been known to use even remotely accurate adjectives?
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Morpheus15 months
correct. his definition of gruesome is off.
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jjv000415 months
That is awful.
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StevieG50415 months
My Dads hands are just like this from playing ball lol college and nfl guys were just different back in the day
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CoachDon15 months
First, that is sad. Second, that is a choice. Not only a professional choice, but once that with his money could be readily corrected with today's ortho surgical procedures and rehabilitation.
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kywildcatfanone15 months
Yep. Not sure why he is living with them that way when they could be fixed.
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Geauxboy14 months
Agree, it's his choice. I'm sure there are millions of mechanics, miners, welders, loggers, firemen, etc with mangled and destroyed hands who made a fraction of the $$ this guy made.
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Geaux Guy15 months
Dude has some autoimmune stuff going on.
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FowlGuy15 months
He should be able to throw a helluva circle change up with that left hand.
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Willie Stroker15 months
Fixing bent fingers seems to be something that can be easily fixed these days. What’s up with that?
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CrimsonTideMD15 months
Once they’ve been in position like that for a while, it’s nearly impossible to restore normal alignment and range of motion.
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Vidic15 months
His statement is way more sad than those hands. Poor guy
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Hoovertigah15 months
Booger McFarlands are pretty bad too!
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surgicalvenom15 months
I remember as a kid making the state playoffs and being so excited to play on a pro field with astroturf. Then you get on the field and realize it's concrete with a thin carpet. Couldn't imagine making a career on that stuff.
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JackieTreehorn15 months
Many a career was ended on that shit.
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Crimson1st15 months
More like “disastroturf”!
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BGLAVI215 months
Recall an old SI article on the 88 Bengals. Anthony Munoz said postgame shower would set aflame all the brush marks from the crappy turf. Cold weather it's near cement.
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