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TELLING NUMBERS
PETER KING
December 12, 2011
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December 12, 2011

Telling Numbers

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8.75

Average career length, in years, of the 48 players on the Bengals' 1986 roster—a combined 420 seasons. QB Ken Anderson was the first to debut, in '71; QB Boomer Esiason and OL Joe Walter were the last to retire, in '97.

95

Percentage of survey respondents, roughly the same number experiencing daily pain, who say playing in the NFL was worth it. Three out of every four would be O.K. with a son playing pro football.

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Players who have knee problems, the most common ailment among the 39 respondents. Seventeen have shoulder issues, while back injuries and neck injuries each plague 15. The average player feels pain in three body parts.

30

Players who say they lacked knowledge of what a concussion was during their careers and most likely continued playing despite having the injury. Only two of the 39 Bengals were certain they hadn't been concussed.

17

Players who blame their short-term memory loss on football; 13 of those same players also attribute headaches to the sport. Five others experience memory loss and/or headaches, but aren't sure it's football-related.

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