(USA TODAY) -- Seems
the preternaturally composed Brian Williams has actually been knee-deep
in pain - for 35 years. And now he's doing something radical about it:
Williams, 54, announced last night that
he'll be temporarily walking away from the anchor chair to go under the
knife to replace his cartilage, banged up as a result of taking a helmet
to the knee during a high school football game.
"It reversed my knee - they don't recommend that," Williams said on Nightly News.
"I loved every minute of football. I've paid a very high price for
what's been confirmed to be the single-worst New Jersey High School
Catholic League football career in history."
What's driving him to do the procedure now? Pain so intense that it's keeping him up at night.
reached a point recently in the last 12 months where I decided this has
to happen and to be mathematical about it, I've lived now most of my
days, so worst-case scenario, if this doesn't go perfectly well, which
it will, it can't hurt more than it hurts now," Williams said.
Olivia Barker, USA TODAY