Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus got a $600,000 lawsuit settlement from the Chicago Bears after claiming cortisone shots ravaged his body. Pete Gent's "North Dallas Forty" novel is a wild, behind-the-scenes look at the NFL of the early 1970s and is inspired by Gent's days as a Dallas Cowboys wide receiver.
Butkus and Gent were NFL contemporaries of South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, a former quarterback who spent 10 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
But Spurrier said he never received a painkiller injection as a player.
"I never had any need for one," Spurrier said. 'I'm sure some of the guys probably did back in those days. I tried to stay away from those needles."
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