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Calvin Johnson Details How Easy It Is For NFL Players To Rely On Painkillers

deadspin.comFormer Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who abruptly retired after the 2015-16 NFL season, opened up in an interview with ESPN’s Michael Smith about the physical toll that football had on his body. The full conversation runs on E:60 tomorrow, but ESPN published a few choice excerpts in advance, the most interesting of which concerns Johnson’s relationship with painkillers.

As Nate Jackson wrote in 2013, using a painkiller called Toradol was a necessary step for many players to get through an NFL game’s worth of pounding:

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