20. Chris Simms Loses His Spleen
Game: Week 3 NFL Regular Season, Panthers @ Buccaneers
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After taking several hard hits from the Panthers defense, this Buccaneer QB bowed out of the game. Simms quickly returned and led a scoring drive, but the extreme discomfort caused by the previous hits forced him to a local hospital after the game. Tests revealed that Simms had ruptured his spleen, and emergency surgery would be needed. Doctors removed his spleen, but Simms lost five pints of blood during the surgery. If he had gone untreated for another 45 minutes, Simms would've been near death. No game of football is more important than someone's life. Shortly after his life-threatening injury, Simms became an advocate for blood donation in the Tampa Bay area.