“The mental part was hard initially when I first retired. Because it’s quick — cold turkey, the game’s gone,” Montana told USA Today Sports, recalling the years since he retired. “Then the physical stuff tries to catch up with you.”
“I tried a little bit of skiing, but unfortunately when you get weight on one ski under my left knee, it’s just not very strong. After my first back surgery, what kind of compounds things, is my sciatic nerve has been damaged. So the muscles along my sciatic nerve into my left foot have been numb since ’86.”
It’s a price many players must pay to play the game, Montana believes.
“Unfortunately,” he said, “most of us leave this game with things that linger.”
—Thursday night to kick off the NFL season, Cam Newton got pummeled.