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Schlereth: It was all worth it

Mark Schlereth underwent 29 surgeries during his career and still experiences pain, but doesn't have any regrets.

Updated: January 26, 2004, 6:20 PM ET
By Mark Schlereth | ESPN.com

Editor's note: ESPN NFL analyst Mark Schlereth, who played in three Super Bowls, details the pain of playing hurt and the long-term ramifications of suffering so many injuries. Schlereth underwent 29 surgeries during his 12 professional seasons.

The ability to overcome pain can be a testament to the human spirit, and it's oftentimes what sets NFL players apart from armchair quarterbacks. NFL players are required to be out on the field when the average person would be home, on the couch with ...

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