14 surgeries for Matt Light

May, 21, 2012
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Former Patriots left tackle Matt Light is making the rounds at ESPN today in Bristol, Connecticut, and he shed light on some of the physical challenges of playing football.

Asked by ESPN Radio's Colin Cowherd on "The Herd" how he'd rate his health -- which is a hot-button issue in the NFL -- Light revealed he underwent 14 surgeries over his career.

"You know, I would put it at 'doable.' I get up in the morning, I generally feel fairly well. I get my vitamins, go through my little routine, and I would say from a day-to-day basis I'm doing really well," said Light, who previously revealed he played his entire career with Crohn's disease.

"That said, I've been through 14 surgeries. I've spent over a month in a hospital straight. I've been through the worst of the worst, and I'm sure I could probably get into greater [detail]. But at the end of the day, I'm thankful for my time in. I knew the risks and the things associated with the game of football, and I've gotten to a point in my life where I was like, 'You know what, be happy, don't try to bite off more than you can chew, and look forward to the next great challenge.'"

Asked how many concussions he thinks he had playing football, Light didn't provide a direct answer, but recalled two from going against defensive end Kimo von Oelhoffen, who from 1994-2007 played for the Bengals, Steelers, Jets and Eagles.

"I'm not sure what it is with guys from the Islands, that background, but these guys can hit you with a thunderous clap that will literally leave you star-crossed and teary-eyed. It's unbelievable," Light said. "I'm not a guy that suffered a lot of those, or at least I haven't been aware of them, but those were two that I had."

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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