Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 4/25/13
Life after the NFL is proving difficult for former Tampa Bay Buccaners quarterback Brad Johnson. In an interview with USA Today, Johnson, who played for the Bucs from 2001 to 2004, described how hard simple acts such as walking can be."I go down one step at a time with two feet. One step. One step. One step," Johnson said to USA Todays Robert Klemko from Athens, Ga. "My 73-year-old dad was visiting and I told my son to help him get his suitcases up the steps. He walks slow and he's got a bad knee. He starts walking and my son turns to me and he says, 'Dad, he walks just like you.' I never thought it would be like this."Johnson, 44, detailed the stresses of life after leaving the NFL. He retired in 2008 after 17 seasons in the league. In addition to playing for the Bucs, who won a Super Bowl with him in January 2003, he was part of the Minnesota Vikings (twice), Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys.Johnson talked openly about using the painkiller Toradol, a non-narcotic commonly used in operating rooms, as early as 2002. He said the drug was needed to dull pain from tendonitis in his right elbow and shoulder, in addition to managing discomfort from three severe injuries."I didn't think I could play without it," Johnson told USA Today. "It wasn't an addiction I don't even take Advil now. It was like, 'I'm so sore, I don't know if I can actually play.' I felt like I had to have it to play."Johnson started 125 games in his career and threw for 3,000 yards or more in five seasons. Also in the piece, former Bucs offensive tackle Roman Oben, now retired as well, said half of Tampa Bays starters took Toradol shots, including himself.We were an older team, Oben told USA Today. We did what we had to do to win. We don't want anybody to feel sorry for us. We signed up for it."Johnson said hes happier away from the game, with his wife, Nikki, and family. He mentors young quarterbacks and coaches his sons, ages 10 and 12, in football and basketball.You can follow Andrew Astleford on Twitter @aastleford or email him at aastleford@gmail.com.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Winners and losers from Monday Night Football in Week 6

Aaron Judge finally doesn’t strike out, crushes three-run home run

Pandora offers LeBron James premium subscription after funny comments

Eight things the college football polls got wrong for Week 8

Top storyline for each NBA team heading into the season

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Derek Carr: Raiders' struggles 'my fault'

Ed Orgeron not too pumped to face former school Ole Miss

Nuggets to sign Richard Jefferson, waive Jameer Nelson

Dirk Koetter 'extremely' concerned about 2016 1st-rounder, Vernon Hargreaves

Former teammate on Andrew Luck: 'He's not close, in my mind'

Joe Maddon delivers classic quote about not pitching Wade Davis in Game 2

The 'Sure do hope you have a backup plan in place' quiz

Tale of the Tape: National League Championship Series

Sports & Politics Intersect: White House looms large over sports world for another week

The 'A butcher, a Baker, a touchdown maker' quiz

Tale of the tape: American League Championship Series

What's trending up, down so far in the NFL

Three Up, Three Down: Divisional Series brings both luck and heartbreak

The 'Adrian Peterson hopes to rise from the ashes in Phoenix' quiz

College football 2017 Week 7 predictions

Nikola Jokic: A throwback superstar for the modern era

NFL Week 6 predictions

The 'Help wanted: Supervising manager' quiz

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

The 'Sure do hope you have a backup plan in place' quiz

Tale of the Tape: National League Championship Series

Sports & Politics Intersect: White House looms large over sports world for another week

The 'A butcher, a Baker, a touchdown maker' quiz

Tale of the tape: American League Championship Series

Three Up, Three Down: Divisional Series brings both luck and heartbreak

The 'Adrian Peterson hopes to rise from the ashes in Phoenix' quiz

What's trending up, down so far in the NFL

NFL Week 6 predictions

Nikola Jokic: A throwback superstar for the modern era

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker