The 25 Gutsiest Performances in Sports History

3. Jack Youngblood's Broken Leg Playoff Performance

Date: 1979
Game: 1979 NFL Playoffs, Rams at Cowboys (Divisional), Rams @ Buccaneers (Championship), Rams @ Steelers (Super Bowl)
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If there was any NFL player to play through an entire playoffs on a broken leg, it was always going to be Jack Youngblood. Football's original Ironman played 201 consecutive games across 14 seasons. In 1979, he broke his fibula in a Divisional match-up against the Cowboys, an injury that would knock any sane and non-masochistic person out for the season. But no, Youngblood threw a plastic cast over his leg, played in the NFC Championship a week later, and the Super Bowl a week after that. We have a feeling that his frightening last name has something to do with his mental numbness towards pain. 

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