The National Football League can fine Chad Ochocinco, Jay Cutler, Mike Smith, or whomever else they want. In the end, the biggest offender will always be the NFL. From 1975 to 1980 Dave Pear tore up NFL offensive linemen. The former Washington Husky was twice voted his college's "Rising Lineman of the Year" and once voted "Player of the Year." Dave Pear was, only less than 30 years ago, a Pro Bowl-caliber lineman with a Super Bowl ring. He bears the distinction of being the first Tampa Bay Buccaneer elected to the Pro Bowl (1978) and started three games for the 1980 Oakland Raiders. Dave Pear daily practiced against Gene Upshaw and Art Shell. Now, at 56, Pear says "I wish I had never played." Dave Pear can barely walk. A neck injury he suffered in 1979 has left him permanently handicapped. ...
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