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John Madden says NFL broadcaster gets pre-game pain-killing shots

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A new lawsuit against the National Football League was filed by former players on Tuesday claiming the league illegally used prescription pain-killers to mask injuries to allow players to keep playing.

Former NFL coach and broadcaster John Madden says the culture of pain-killers in the league can even extend to the broadcast booth.

In an appearance on KCBS radio in San Francisco on Wednesday, Madden said he knows of an NFL announcer that will get pain-killing shots before games.

“I know an announcer that goes down to the locker room to get a Toradol shot before a game,” Madden said.

“I think he goes at a different time [than the players], you know, he gets there early, you know, that type of thing. But he’s gotten Toradol shots.”

Madden didn’t identify the broadcaster in question, though it’s possible to assume it could be one of the many ex-players that now commentate on games across the league. Toradol is a pain-killer frequently used in the league to allow players to play despite injuries. Tarvaris Jackson would get a Toradol shot before games while playing with a torn pectoral muscle as the Seattle Seahawks starting quarterback in 2011.

Teams have begun to lessen their use of Toradol on players. However, some players have still sought out the drug by other means because it’s non-addictive and non-narcotic. Apparently broadcasters are also seeking out its pain-killing ability as well.

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60 Responses to “John Madden says NFL broadcaster gets pre-game pain-killing shots”
  1. davikes says: May 22, 2014 1:59 AM

    It’s Aikman. He needs them because he has to work with Joe Buck. You can tell just by the look on his face.

  2. theflyingelvis says: May 22, 2014 2:02 AM

    I didn’t think the day would come, but NOW I’ve heard it all.

  3. tmalone1 says: May 22, 2014 2:20 AM

    NOW it makes sense why Troy Aikman always brings up the Dallas Cowboys during games that have NOTHING to do with them…or his playing days.

  4. jbpanthers says: May 22, 2014 2:21 AM

    Either Tim Ryan or Daryl Johnston.

  5. NJ49er says: May 22, 2014 2:32 AM

    I’m going with Dierdorf

  6. billybone says: May 22, 2014 2:45 AM

    Non-addictive, non-narcotic, and it takes away the pain?…what’s the problem then? Sounds like the miracle drug.

    In all seriousness it’s your body and you need to know the risks and rewards. Take responsibility for your actions but your choosing is your choosing.

    People cry foul that there is too much government control but beg for government help when they loose control. If you play with fire you need to read the “common sense” warning beforehand.

    It’s also unclear what Madden is trying to imply or do to help the matter. Passive aggressiveness helps nobody.

  7. MedicFL1 says: May 22, 2014 2:51 AM

    When you literally can’t move because of back pain – toradol relieves all pain, you feel none.
    It is not used for getting “high”, it has no narcotic affect like the other schedule 2 drugs.
    It simply eliminates the “feeling”of pain. Which in turn allows you to “get off the toilet bowl” without the help of 3 people.
    Used correctly/legally, there should be no problem.

  8. rhemish says: May 22, 2014 2:55 AM

    Jim McMahon needs to go away I’m a 15 year union worker and can’t miss work to take care of a sick child without disapine reed Hemish Mankato mn 56001, somebody please help me and my family I get threatened with being fired to stay home with my sick children and I’m a union worker this wrong in my opinion 2014 America ?

  9. slbasegame257 says: May 22, 2014 2:56 AM

    Wow a 2011 T-Jack reference. GO HAWKS

  10. dannomac21 says: May 22, 2014 2:56 AM

    Goose?

  11. jjrs89 says: May 22, 2014 3:32 AM

    Cris Collinsworth looks like a cobra

  12. abreathofsanity says: May 22, 2014 3:59 AM

    Please be Bob Costas or Collinsworth. Sincerely, every NFL fan.

  13. doctorrustbelt says: May 22, 2014 4:01 AM

    criqui and tasker are doing some sort of drugs just as an excuse for their terrible, innate announcing ability.

    They should have been fired YEARS AGO.

  14. ptfpoetlovestheseahawks says: May 22, 2014 4:11 AM

    Mark Cuban is looking smarter by the minute.

  15. jshawaii22 says: May 22, 2014 4:57 AM

    … Tavaris has the one thing that all Vikings and their fans will never have… a visit with the Pres, a nice big Bling Ring and the right to call yourself a world champion.

    js

  16. stainlineho says: May 22, 2014 5:32 AM

    Aikman

  17. tinytoolalldrool says: May 22, 2014 5:54 AM

    North Dallas 40?

  18. eagleswin says: May 22, 2014 6:19 AM

    Why the heck would John Madden feel the need to mention that publicly? You know the press is going to be hell bent on finding out who the announcer is. The announcer himself is going to hate madden for bringing this to light and putting him under a microscope.

    Noone benefits from this disclosure but Madden. Maybe, since Favre was always his favorite subject, he should go on and on about Favre’s drug addictions that he had during his playing days. That would be much more interesting.

  19. pittsburghfan71 says: May 22, 2014 6:19 AM

    If its non addictive then tell us who the broadcaster is. If he is using it to deal with pain then im fine with it. but since its secretive i suspect its actually quite addictive since he is getting the shot every week when its available to him.

  20. dsully69 says: May 22, 2014 6:20 AM

    Show ponies, unicorns…….todorol for all broadcasters.

  21. harveyclayton says: May 22, 2014 6:30 AM

    I actually like to sprinkle a little Toradol on my cereal in the morning.

  22. bigjdve says: May 22, 2014 6:34 AM

    Yeah, I am sure that the broadcasters are forced to take a shot so that they can broadcast.

  23. amgdds says: May 22, 2014 6:37 AM

    Troy Aikman

  24. dapollock69 says: May 22, 2014 6:37 AM

    “Did someone say shots?”

    Jim Irsay.

  25. trollingforjustice says: May 22, 2014 6:44 AM

    my guess would be..Troy Aikman

  26. detroitdawg says: May 22, 2014 6:45 AM

    That explains it all.

  27. fissels says: May 22, 2014 7:00 AM

    Fans should get shots so we can bear to listen to some of these broadcasters

  28. hakunamangata says: May 22, 2014 7:05 AM

    Boom!

  29. jgedgar70 says: May 22, 2014 7:10 AM

    It’s got to be Aikman or Seragusa. That’s the only thing that could explain their Captain Obvious explanations for every play.

  30. flicka727 says: May 22, 2014 7:11 AM

    only for Jacksonville Jaguars games…

  31. James Myers says: May 22, 2014 7:15 AM

    Collinsworth always looks high as a kite.

  32. oa316ts says: May 22, 2014 7:39 AM

    Whoever it is probably just does it to numb the pain when he has to announce Jags games…

  33. philvil41 says: May 22, 2014 7:40 AM

    It is Dan Dierdorf.

  34. elby2004 says: May 22, 2014 7:54 AM

    Toradol is in the same family as Advil (Ibuprofen) and Aleve (Naprosyn). Only real difference is that it can be given intravenously or by intramuscular injection, but it also comes in pill form by prescription. Not sure why broadcaster would get injection and risk this kind of negative publicity when he could get it in pill form. Story is much ado about nothing.

  35. haydenpryor says: May 22, 2014 8:01 AM

    Anderson Cooper had to get a shot before that interview with Donald Sterling

  36. dapollock69 says: May 22, 2014 8:11 AM

    It was definitely Summeral. A shot of Torodol and a fifth of gin and he’d be ready to belt out, “the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field” with mucho gusto.

  37. blowtorch1964 says: May 22, 2014 8:17 AM

    Darryl Johnston or Troy Aikman, possibly.

  38. bobzilla1001 says: May 22, 2014 8:21 AM

    Even in retirement, John Madden speaks nonsense. Madden’s old sidekick, Pat Summerall, spent nearly his entire broadcasting career “feeling no pain.” Wonder why Madden didn’t mention that?

  39. abninf says: May 22, 2014 8:25 AM

    Aikman is actually one of the few broadcasters that I like listening to. Very professional and knows what he’s talking about but doesn’t run his mouth too much. Can’t stand his partner. I know he has a bad back, possibly could be him.

  40. notthetroll says: May 22, 2014 8:34 AM

    I’m sure Aikman’s shots stopped after Buck started bringing a milk crate to stand on in the booth so Aikman didn’t have to stoop down so low anymore.
    Seriously, about 6 years ago one of three things happened. Joe grew a foot, Aikman shrank a foot, or Buck started standing on a milk crate. Try to find some old footage if you can.

  41. 44mpo says: May 22, 2014 8:35 AM

    Yea, as a fan I need a shot everytime I hear aikmen speak. Talk about painful!

  42. titaniksigh says: May 22, 2014 8:37 AM

    Toradol is an NSAID, like ibuprofen or naproxen (Aleve). It is not a narcotic like Morphine or Dilaudid. I work in a Level 1 trauma center, and know of no one in the medical field that would call Toradol a “pain killer.” It is an anti-inflammatory plain and simple, and only controls pain by reducing swelling. Pain killers ease pain by blocking pain receptors…two totally different things. Madden’s comment is garbage, and someone should have done some research before printing it.

  43. idpfantasyfootball says: May 22, 2014 8:39 AM

    BOOM! Tough Actable Toradol!

  44. sylvester000001 says: May 22, 2014 8:41 AM

    So I still fail to see what’s so evil, yet again the NFL is evil, about trainers giving a freebee shot to an older man who has a lil pain getting up in the morning after a football career.

    Someone explain the evil?

  45. bullcharger says: May 22, 2014 8:44 AM

    Is it that shocking that people in pain are given pain killers? That’s what happens when you tell the doc you have pain. Only the patient can decide if he needs it or not. Pain is personal. If you don’t need them after a few days, stop taking them.

  46. walkinginthewasteland says: May 22, 2014 8:44 AM

    I cant see how any Browns or Jaguar announcer can make it through a game without pain-killers.

  47. bucksfan141 says: May 22, 2014 9:11 AM

    Might help when we have to listen to Phil Simms.

  48. ningenito78 says: May 22, 2014 9:14 AM

    I would get hopped up on painkillers too if I had to work with Mike Tirico.

  49. stateofthesport says: May 22, 2014 9:18 AM

    It has to be the idiot who constantly runs his mouth, Chris Collinworth, this explains it all hes out of his head..

  50. mogogo1 says: May 22, 2014 9:43 AM

    No, pain shots aren’t required to broadcast games but the guy is either hooked or has lots of pain from his playing days. Probably both. These pain drugs are incredibly addictive and a lot of former players are in pretty much constant pain from their numerous past injuries. Easy to see how the culture continues even after guys are retired.

  51. schmitty2 says: May 22, 2014 10:03 AM

    I take a shot of Toradol before I have to listen to either Buck/Aikman or Nantz/Simms.

  52. dadamson1955 says: May 22, 2014 10:26 AM

    Toradol, big deal! I had them for sciatica and they were useless, nothing like real painkillers.This may not be the point but I feel toradol is on the level of legal OTC analgesics. Society is way too sensitive about so many issues it has become pathetic, sure don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings; feelings are hurt everyday it is a part of living so lighten up!!!1

  53. agent7x6 says: May 22, 2014 10:36 AM

    I cast my vote for Dan Dierdorf. He retired after last season, saying that the hassle of traveling with bad knees and hips was too much for him.

  54. M_M_Pollard says: May 22, 2014 10:38 AM

    Phil Simms is the one that drives me crazy. The man needs to go back to school and study English grammar. He’s making big bucks — get a tutor at least.

  55. sailbum7 says: May 22, 2014 10:39 AM

    Toradol is not even considered a pain killer, it is an anti-inflamatory (NSAID). No one is getting high on this medication and it is not addicting in any way. The only danger from this drug is that it can kill your liver or cause heart problems if you take too much of it or use it for a long period of time. I have no problem with someone getting a shot of Toradol because it certainly is not going to mask serious pain. It will reduce inflamation and as a result reduce pain, but it is not going to make you high so that you “feel no pain” like opiates can to let you do things you should not.

  56. norcal031 says: May 22, 2014 10:43 AM

    Aikman?
    Gumble?
    Not Kenny Albert?!?!
    Ian Eagle?

  57. stexan says: May 22, 2014 11:18 AM

    Just because a drug is non-narcotic does NOT mean it’s safe.
    When it was first released it was pushed hard by drug companies, law enforcement, etc., as a replacement for narcotics, and I prescribed it for few patients They kept telling me about side effects, especially stomach problems. Then I had a patient wind up in the ER; he’d taken it on an empty stomach and gone into convulsions while coaching a kid’s soccer game.
    Today, it’s supposed to be prescribed ONLY for short term pain relief, not chronic pain like these guys have; long term side effects are severe.
    Toradol is some seriously nasty stuff; I’d never take it myself.

  58. dietrich43 says: May 22, 2014 12:46 PM

    Madden also imagines the busts in Canton come alive at night and talk.

  59. nflofficeadmin says: May 22, 2014 1:04 PM

    Et tu brute… This is how you treat Mr. Summerall after all these years.

  60. orcahawk says: May 22, 2014 4:56 PM

    T-Jack is a stud. Lockeroom favorite. Glad he got a ring, but I bet he loses his job to Terrelle this season.

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