As fans and athletes pick up their pitchforks to demand the NCAA to pay student-athletes, one former Kentucky football player is asking for something simple, and probably more valuable, health insurance.
Mike Pfeifer was a star at Louisville Trinity before he became an All-American offensive lineman at Kentucky for Jerry Claiborne. A blossoming bully in the trenches with NFL aspirations, his junior season ended early after he blew out his knee. He rehabilitated his knee, until his NFL dreams were shattered by a broken foot.
That foot is still broken. His body is still hurting. He needs a knee replacement. All of his health problems stem from his playing days, but he must pay the costs out of pocket.
“I’ve spent more money on the dag-gone injuries than my whole scholarship was worth,” Pfeiffer told WKYT. “It’s ridiculous.”
He does not blame UK or the NCAA for his ailments, but he hopes they will take action now, so it is not a problem for players in the future.