Remember back in the mid seventies reading such tips of stories about former NFL players in similar situations. Back then the pay was considerably low, especially when confronted with the cost of serous injuries.
Back then it wasn't uncommon to be forced to take drugs, then later get addicted. Normally players volunteered to, but there were few that didn't want to and were being forced to do so.
That environment turned me off from being concerned about being a professional athlete.
Steroids was so common and easy for athletes to get back then. Steroids were given to high school athletes back then. Thankfully, I refused and never messed with such.
Pain prescriptions were given, not because of pain, but to avoid feeling any pain at all during games.
Drug enhancement use is definitely nothing new to recent decades.