The Sun Sentinel recently spent two months researching the whereabouts of all 53 members of the 1994 Miami Dolphins' opening day roster, as well as the nine players the team added during the season. In its examination of life after football, the paper found that 11 of those players have filed for bankruptcy at some point and three have been sentenced to time in prison.
As several former players related, the adjustment to a life without football can be difficult in a number of different ways:
"You're trying to figure out life," recalled former defensive lineman Larry Webster, who confronted depression, financial troubles and ballooning body weight after leaving the game. " 'What am I going to do now? What do I want to do now?' "
Many of the players endured an identity crisis once the reality of their retirement set in.