7 sports stars who ignored crazy injuries and kept playing
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Anyone who’s played sport has ignored a niggly injury or played through the pain at some stage. Then there are the hardcore few who’d run through brick walls or keep playing despite losing an arm.
The following sports stars certainly fit into that category. They’re the sort of double hard so-and-sos that make everyone else feel like a bit of a wimp.
Tiger Woods (broken leg and ACL)
Golf may not be an obvious place to find hard men but Tiger Woods had to dig deep to win the US Open in 2008. He did so with stress fractures in his leg and a torn ACL.
After four days, he would end up forcing an extra 19 holes in a playoff. His caddy Steve Williams later gave a graphic description of what shape he was in.
“On the course, the sickening click of bones rubbing together as he walked made me queasy," Williams recalled. "The groans and squeaks he made were unreal.” Ouch!
Terry Butcher (head wound)
1989 was a simpler time. Back then, nobody batted an eyelid if a player was pumping blood from a head wound. Terry Butcher clashed heads with an opponent during the England Sweden match but took to the pitch again after seven stitches.
The stitches soon burst, probably because Terry insisted on sticking his head in for every ball. It wasn’t long before his head, shirt, face, shorts and half of the other players were covered in his blood. That still didn’t stop Terry.
Shun Fujimoto (broken kneecap)
The Japanese gymnast was the personification of suffering in silence when he broke his right kneecap at the 1976 Olympics. Instead of quitting (like a normal person), he kept competing to get Japan some much-needed team points.
He did the pommel horse event before taking on the rings, knowing that he would have to nail a landing on a broken knee.
He recorded a PB score in the rings and managed a relatively smooth landing, although he did dislocate his knee and tear ligaments in the process. That’s gotta hurt…
Brett Favre (car crash)
In 1990, the American footballer was in a near fatal car crash and he suffered internal injuries, a fractured vertebra and a lacerated liver. He ended up having 30 inches of his small intestine removed.
Six weeks later, the quarterback led Southern Miss to a win over Alabama. Favre's starts streak of 297 games remains the longest all-time.
Proving that while he may be missing some of his small intestine, he certainly wasn’t lacking guts.
Paul Wood (ruptured testicle)
Rugby League player Paul Wood was playing for Warrington in the Super League Grand Final when he ruptured his testicle at the start of the second half. He played out the rest of the second half and even did some post-match interviews.
He never thought to complain about an injury that would cause most grown men to curl up in a ball and cry for a few days.
Jack Youngblood (broken leg)
In 1979, the St Louis Rams player fractured his fibula during the playoffs of the Super Bowl. He put a cast on his leg and played two games in the next three weeks, including the Super Bowl.
His autobiography was titled after his standard response when asked why he played with a broken leg: “Because it was Sunday.” Hard. As. Nails.
Muhammad Ali (broken jaw)
It's easy to forget how much Ali's toughness contributed to his greatness. Take his fight against Ken Norton in 1973. Norton broke Ali's jaw in the second round and would go on to record a shock win against the legend.
However, Ali fought on for another 10 rounds. With a broken jaw. Against a heavyweight contender who was trying to knock him out. Norton later claimed that he broke Ali's jaw in the 12th round but Ali's cornermen have testified that his mouth was bleeding heavily throughout the fight from the cuts caused by the broken bone.
Ali's trainer said the doctor who later wired his jaw said "I can’t fathom how he could go the whole fight like that." Neither can we!
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