Has any human ever milked more pub out of a measly hairline fracture than Jack Youngblood did in the 1979 postseason? Big whoop-de-do. Give the man a gold star. Wait — I was just joking. That’s a fact, Jack. Honest.
Actually, Youngblood was John Wayne in shoulder pads. In the playoff opener that season, the future Hall of Fame defensive end writhed in pain with what was found to be a cracked fibula above his right ankle.
"You need to tape it," the Rams' co-captain instructed the team trainer in the locker room.
The guy wanted no part of it.
"You’re gonna do this!"
But the X-rays showed a broken bone.
"I understand that. Tape it up! I can still go play."
So Youngblood went out and led his team to an upset victory over the Cowboys in Dallas. Then he led it to a shutout victory over the Buccaneers in Tampa. Then he almost led the Rams to an enormous upset of the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XIII.
Then Youngblood started in the Pro Bowl the next week. I said Pro Bowl, people. The game that players beg out of because of ingrown nose hairs.
We're pretty sure Youngblood also planted the flag at Iwo Jima.