Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero
Footballers who play through pain do gain respect as well, you know.
I know it was a long time ago but suprised noone mentioned Bert Trautmann. His reputation and respect with fans who never saw him play is based on him playing with a broken neck.
Trautmann entered football folklore with his performance in the 1956 FA (Football Association) Cup Final. With 17 minutes of the match remaining Trautmann suffered a serious injury after diving at the feet of Birmingham City's Peter Murphy. Despite his injury he continued to play, making crucial saves to preserve his team's 3–1 lead. His neck was noticeably crooked as he collected his winner's medal; three days later an X-ray revealed it to be broken.
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