"Some former Jets, Giants pay for fame with pain, disabilities"
"The desperate prayer often escapes Wesley Walker’s lips in the dead of night.
When the pain grows intolerable, he sits alone in the dark watching movies, passing the sleepless hours that plague him almost daily.
“I’ve sat in bed, praying ‘Jesus, God, would you make the pain go away?’ ” said the 57-year-old Walker. “I just don’t want to go through this anymore. I would give anything just for a day not to have this happen.”
The former Jets Pro Bowl receiver has been unable to feel his feet for 25 years and suffers from “constant, wrenching” pain running up his arms and deep inside his hands — which now shake — caused by nerve damage.
This is life for Walker, and many of his former colleagues. While tens of millions of fans are focused on Sunday’s Super Bowl, Jets and Giants once at the center of attention deal quietly with illnesses such as Walker’s..."