Eugene, your alternatives are simple. You should have enough money to retire, go somewhere where recreational use or medical use of marijuana is allowed and self-medicate. You should have more than enough money to squeak by. You don't have to show up for this pain, suffering and abuse any longer. This is the USA, and you have the freedom of choice. Or, you can play through the pain and stop seeking special treatment because "playing professional football automatically gives you the symptom of chronic pain." Who chose this path of fame and fortune anyway?