The Super Bowl is the literal Super Bowl of American football, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise when elite athletes grind through injuries and intense pain to play on that hallowed turf.
Emphasis on *shouldn’t* come as a surprise. A photo posted by Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis after their 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos is still bloody surprising, seeing as his arm resembles an actual football.
Davis copped the injury in an earlier NFC Championship game, leading surgery on his broken (!) arm a scant two weeks ago; afterwards, Davis said pre-SB practice with the team “feels great.” Evidently, the rest of us might need to reassess what “feeling great” entails.
You can’t deny that unstoppable desire to go and play ball, though.