Jim Plunkett’s painful journey: ‘My life sucks’

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    Jim Plunkett’s painful journey: ‘My life sucks’

    Super Bowl-winning QB from San Jose faces constant pain and an uncertain future

    He rises from a chair next to his Heisman Trophy in a room stuffed with dozens of silver and gold keepsakes that recognize a remarkable sports legacy. At 6-foot-3, Jim Plunkett still commands a room.

    But underneath the tanned exterior anxiety grows over an uncertain future.

    “My life sucks,” said Plunkett, 69. “It’s no fun being in this body right now. Everything hurts.”

    The years of daily pain pulsating from the neck, back, knees, shoulders, hips and head have taken a toll on a quarterback who played 15 NFL seasons and led the Raiders to two Super Bowl victories.

    His body is a patchwork of medical magic: Artificial knees, an artificial shoulder and a surgically repaired back. After 18 operations, Plunkett’s activities have been reduced to golf and light workouts at home on a Crosstrainer.

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