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Renowned Sports Doctor Dies


Back in 1995, then Pittsburgh Steeler and future Hall of Fame defensive back Rod Woodson suffered a tragic injury. In the first game of the 1995 season between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions, Rod Woodson tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while trying to make a tackle on Detroit Lions star running back, Barry Sanders.

This was a very serious injury, and at the time was consistently a career-ending injury. However, defensive back Rod Woodson went to the offices of Dr. J. Richard Steadman to repair his significant knee injury. One year later, Woodson was back in game action and his career was saved. He went on to play eight more seasons in the NFL and went on to be inducted into the National Football League's Hall of Fame.

Talking to AP in 2009, Rod Woodson stated he "probably wouldn't be in the Hall" without the treatment he received at Dr. Steadman's clinic.

Today, it was announced that orthopedic surgeon Dr. J. Richard Steadman died in his sleep at the age of 85.

Dr. Steadman was a renowned orthopedic surgeon that specialized in knee treatments and helped save numerous athletes' careers. He was inducted into the Skiing Hall of Fame in 1989 due to his work saving many injured skiers back on the slopes.

Steadman also worked on well-known players like Alex Rodriguez, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, John Elway, and Bruce smith.

Dr. Steadman is survived by his wife, Gay Steadman, son Lyon Steadman, daughter Liddy Lind, and the entire Steadman family and extended family and friends.

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