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Thursday’s Bad Ass

Posted by mvetack on January 21, 2010

Ronnie Lott

Ronnie Lott is one of the best athletes to ever play the game of football. In USC it was only the great Marcus Allen that prevented Lott from starting at running back at USC. Lott came into the NFL and made his presence known immediately. He was a force on defense for a very successful 49ers team. But what you ask separates him from any other incredible and tough defensive player that makes him this weeks Bad Ass? Well put your bowl of cheerios down for a minute and enjoy.

Ronnie Lott and the Niners were taking on rival Dallas in their last regular season game before the playoffs. While making a tackle during the game, Lott’s finger got stuck, twisted, and hit in a freak way that it crushed the bone in his pinky finger. After the game, the team doctor informed Lott that in order for his finger to heal properly he would need immediate surgery that would prevent him from playing in the playoffs. Lott had none of this. He played in the playoffs with a lot of pain and a crushed bone floating around in his finger. The Niners lost the game and Lott lost his finger. Lott re-injured his finger many times throughout the game and was then forced to have part of his finger amputated.

Let me repeat this, the man played football with a crushed bone knowing he would have to amputate it so he could play in the playoffs. Again, the man had his finger amputated for a football game!!! This ultimate symbol of toughness, competitiveness, and unwillingness to quit on his team makes you Ronnie Lott, Bad Ass.

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