Doctors advise Conrad Dobler to amputate leg to end pain

His autobiography was entitled “They Call Me Dirty” and that is because Sports Illustrated once labeled him the dirtiest player in the National Football League.

Now, Conrad Dobler, not quite 60, faces the realization that to relieve the nonstop pain he has in his right leg, he’ll need to have it amputated. That is what the three-time former Pro Bowl guard told Jerry Crowe in a column in the Los Angeles Times that is worth reading. Dobler wants to push off an amputation as long as he can, though, because he is the primary caregiver for his wife Joy, who has been a quadriplegic since falling out of a hammock and breaking her neck on July 4, 2001.

His wife’s injury began a series of setbacks for Dobler that have mounted over the course of a decade. He’s had to sell his home and most of his assets. Golfer Phil Mickelson helped put the couple’s two youngest children through college.

Doctors warn Dobler they believe he is depressed and approaching suicidal, per the report.

“My kids say I'm mentally unstable," Dobler told Crowe. “(Doctors) said I seemed to be very depressed and suicidal. I said, 'If you had to go through what I've had to go through in the last eight or nine years -- with my health problems, my wife's health problems, our business and the economy -- if you weren't suicidal, if you weren't depressed, you're not human.’”

Dobler is coming out with a new autobiography, “Pride and Perseverance.” Certainly he’s had to endure. By his count, he’s needed more than 30 operations on his legs and 10 knee replacements. He struggles walking with a cane because his shoulder needs to be replace. He doesn’t have insurance. He just gets by.

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