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Top 11 Athletes Playing Through Pain..

Discussion in 'All Other San Diego Sports' started by Deb, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. Deb

    Deb BoltTalker

    Jul 10, 2007
    Top 11 Athletes Playing Through Pain..

    Tiger Woods, 2008 U.S. Open

    Woods' victory at Torrey Pines was plenty impressive when we thought he was still recuperating from arthroscopic surgery and an eight-week layoff. Then came the news that he won his 14th major with double stress fractures in his tibia and a knee that will require reconstructive ACL surgery. And that earns him a spot on this list of athletes who truly prove the maxim "no pain, no gain."


    Kirk Gibson, Game 1, 1988 World Series

    A bad left hamstring and a swollen right knee limited Gibson to just one at-bat in the '88 World Series between the Dodgers and the A's. But what an at-bat it was. With the Dodgers down to their last out and Hall-of-Fame closer Dennis Eckersley on the mound, Gibson hit a two-run homer to give L.A. a 5-4 win and spur them to a stunning series victory.

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    Willis Reed, Game 7, 1970 NBA Finals

    OK, so Reed only managed to score four points against the Lakers in this game. But in limping onto the court despite a deep thigh injury — and outjumping Wilt Chamberlain for the opening tip — he inspired his Knicks teammates to a 113-99 win and the first NBA title in franchise history.

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    Curt Schilling, Game 6, 2004 ALCS

    There are some who view Schilling's bloody sock with the same level of skepticism as Paul Pierce's little wheelchair trip during Game 1 of the just concluded NBA Finals. That being said, Schilling did throw seven innings of one-run baseball with sutures in his right ankle, helping the Red Sox to overcome a 3-0 series deficit against the hated Yankees.

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    Michael Jordan, Game 5, 1997 NBA Finals

    A case of the stomach flu had left Jordan severely dehydrated and several pounds lighter heading into Game 5 of the Bulls' series with the Jazz. Even so, he managed to play 44 minutes, scoring 38 points (including the 3-pointer that put Chicago on top for good) in the Bulls' win.

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    Kerri Strug, 1996 Olympics

    The U.S. women's gymnastics team needed one good vault to clinch the gold in the team competition. Unfortunately, Kerri Strug had just one good ankle. But Strug limped to the runway, stuck her second attempt on just the one foot, then had to be carried by U.S. coach Bela Karolyi onto the podium to receive her medal.

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    Jack Youngblood, 1980 Super Bowl

    The Rams came up short in their attempt to upset the heavily favored Steelers in the Super Bowl, but you certainly couldn't fault Youngblood. The Hall-of-Fame defensive lineman was playing in the game — as he had throughout the entire postseason — with a fractured left fibula.

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    Michael Chang, 1989 French Open

    Fighting both a severe attack of leg cramps and the No. 1 player in the world (three-time French Open champion Ivan Lendl), 17-year-old Michael Chang was reduced to playing moon balls and serving underhanded during this fourth-round match at Roland Garros. And it worked, as Chang rallied after dropping the first two sets and took the match en route to his only Grand Slam title.

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    Bobby Baun, Game 6, 1964 Stanley Cup finals

    We could probably have filled this list exclusively with hockey players. But even given the typical NHL player's standard for playing with pain, Bobby Baun was particularly hard core. The Maple Leafs defenseman scored the game-winning goal in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Detroit Red Wings despite having broken his ankle earlier in the game.

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    Isiah Thomas, Game 6, 1988 NBA Finals

    Long before he was known for questionable personnel decisions (and even more questionable workplace behavior), Isiah Thomas was known as one of the NBA's toughest players. Despite playing with a severely sprained ankle, Thomas scored 25 third-quarter points against the Lakers, nearly pulling the upset of the defending champs.

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    Franz Beckenbauer, 1970 World Cup

    Granted, soccer players aren't supposed to use their hands. But it's still pretty impressive that Beckenbauer played in Germany's semifinal match against Italy with his arm in a sling after dislocating his shoulder. It'd have been even more impressive if he'd been able to prevent a 4-3 loss, but that's just being nitpicky on our part.
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  2. Concudan

    Concudan Meh... Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 5, 2006
    I knew you would be the first to post that!:tup:
  3. RaiderRay

    RaiderRay RIP SD Chargers..Go Any SD Team, Go Raiders Staff Member Administrator Podcaster

    Jun 20, 2005
    Where's LT? Oh nevermind... :lol:
  4. StratoBoltz

    StratoBoltz BoltTalker

    Jun 5, 2008
    Yeah Tiger showed he has the toughness to go with his skill by going out there in a lot of discomfort and playing as well as he did.

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