Here are edited excerpts:• • •Just as head trauma is coming into the light of day as a football problem, so is painkiller abuse.
Currently he is serving a prison sentence in Montana.
Leaf is hardly alone among former football players in having problems with prescription narcotics.
Tom Mc Hale, who played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Philadelphia Eagles, died in 2008 of an accidental overdose of painkillers.
Craig Newsome, a former Green Bay Packers defensive back, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2012 he became a painkiller addict.
Walt Sweeney, a Pro Bowl offensive tackle for San Diego in the 1960s, in 1994 sued the NFL alleging his painkiller addiction was "directly related" to football injuries and to narcotics freely distributed by the Chargers.