Every time there is news about pro football, people immediately start talking about player safety. Concussions and other life-shortening injuries have made everyone sit back and wonder if it's all worth it. Others ask the obvious question: "If they know the game is shortening their lives, why do they keep playing?"
The answer is that many pro athletes are fucking insane. Let us show you some examples.
NFL Safety Ronnie Lott Amputates His Finger So He Can Keep Playing
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You didn't have to be crazy to play as a hard-hitting safety back in the "injuries are a sign of weakness" era of the NFL, but it sure as fuck helped. For proof, we have 49ers great Ronnie Lott. In 1985, Lott happened to misplace his pinkie finger, and he found it in a red mist after two colliding helmets exploded the living hell out of it.
This is where most normal men would have passed out and/or run squealing to the nearest emergency room. But Lott knew that having surgery to repair the finger would probably have ended his season -- you have to let that shit heal. And he was not the kind of guy to let a splintered nub of a finger slow down his ability to deliver equally devastating injuries to other players.