Former NFL star Dave Pear is sorry he ever played football – Jeff Pearlman – SI.com

Dave Pear has a message for you.

“Don’t let your kids play football,” he says. “Never.”

It is an odd thing, hearing these sort of words from a man like David Louis Pear, University of Washington standout, Pro Bowl defensive lineman for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Super Bowl champion with the Oakland Raiders. His five-year NFL career was one thousands of high school and college athletes would envy — charging out of a darkened stadium tunnel, 70,000 fans screaming for you, loving you, praising you, idolizing you.

“You wanna know the truth?” says Pear.

The question lingers — the 56-year-old ex-athlete preparing to unload one more skull-splitting hit.

“I wish I never played football. I wish that more than anything. Every single day, I want to take back those years of my life …”

Former NFL star Dave Pear is sorry he ever played football – Jeff Pearlman – SI.com.

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