As an offensive guard for 12 years with the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos, Mark is a three-time Super Bowl champion. Since retiring from football in 2001, he’s been an analyst for ESPN on “NFL Live,” “SportsCenter” and other programs. Though mayhem on the gridiron left him with osteoarthritis in many of his joints, Mark says he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Playing professional football was a childhood dream of Mark’s, which he knew meant sacrificing damage to his body. “It was the only thing I ever wanted to be,” says Mark, who grew up riding horses at his family home in Anchorage, Alaska. Despite arthritis sometimes getting in his way, he doesn’t let it stop him from doing what he wants to do. “Don’t use arthritis as an excuse,” he told Arthritis Today magazine readers. “Get off the couch and live.”