NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Imagine getting into your car and then getting slammed by a truck – everyday.

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Former New York Jets quarterback Ray Lucas says that’s life in the National Football League.

“There was one hit in particular where I was sacked,” Lucas told WCBS 880 reporter Peter Haskell. “I was put into the ground on my shoulder and my head went one way, my shoulder went the other.”

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Lucas believes that play led to chronic unbearable pain.

That’s why he feels the NFL needs to protect players’ heads “because somebody is going to die on a head-on hit.”

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Four weeks ago, the 33-year-old Lucas had neck surgery that he says gave him his life back.