Just about a decade ago, this former Green Bay Packer didn't need anything for pain. He was young. He could recover quickly from anything.
But as the collisions added up and the seasons wore on, the veteran couldn't do without pain medication, especially when he was injured, especially as he got older.
So after every game, the former player - who spoke about this topic under the condition of anonymity - became a regular user of Toradol, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug most commonly used after surgical procedures.
"A lot of teams have you just line up and do shots," said the former player. "We had pills."
Long after the scoreboard lights have cooled, in victory or defeat, every Packer crawls back to his couch with his constant companion: pain.