On a daily basis, NFL players put their bodies on the line. They push themselves to their physical limits in order to reach peak performance. When an NFL player takes time off for an injury, they risk losing their role on the team – their job, their livelihood. While they may be able to “work through” today’s injury, the rigor of their training and the physical toll the game takes on them makes them more susceptible to long term health issues. And it doesn’t stop when they leave the field. Practices, gamedays, in the community, with their families – on and off the field, these superior athletes bring all they have to offer to everything they do for their team, fans and family. Cumulatively, these factors put retired NFL players at a far greater risk for long-term health challenges than the typical individual.