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 f*****g 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 f**k 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 s**t 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.