At the Super Bowl, former professional football player Conrad Dobler pulled on a pair of shorts to make a point.
Dobler, who toiled for ten seasons in the NFL, is now an advocate for retired players. As The Pitch's Justin Kendall reported in a 2007 story, Dobler, from his home in Kansas City, pushes the league and the players
union to do more for ex-players who now must rely on orthopedists and
In Miami, Dobler left his pants in his closet because he wanted people to see his knees. Dobler has had nine knee replacements since his playing days ended in 1981.
Sports Illustrated writer Peter King featured Dobler in his popular online column this week.
"The players of today may look at us as whiners, as people who blew their fortunes,'' Dobler told King. "But all I can say to players who say that is: You will be us. Study history. You will us someday.''