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QB learned how to protect himself

ESPN analyst Joe Theismann wouldn't trade one moment of pain, for his NFL experience.

Updated: January 26, 2004, 11:51 AM ET
By Joe Theismann | Special to ESPN.com

The No. 1 prerequisite for any football player is to be tough, both mentally and physically.

Throughout my NFL career I had seven broken noses, a broken thumb, a dislocated elbow, broken collar bone, broken ribs, hip pointers, numerous concussions, torn up knees, jammed toes, and, obviously two broken legs. But as a player, you just accept injury as part of the game.

On the first day of training camp each year, my mentality was: this will be the last day I will feel good until ...

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