In this past Sunday’s 31-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions center Frank Ragnow played 100% of Detroit’s snaps. That isn’t super surprising considering most offensive lineman in the NFL play the entire game. Still, not every O-lineman like Ragnow plays an entire game with a fractured THROAT!
Lions center Frank Ragnow played through a fractured throat https://t.co/ss0mqRLTxj pic.twitter.com/Bd2jC4Uz0t
— New York Post Sports (@nypostsports) December 16, 2020
Yup, you read that right: a fractured throat. Now, I have never heard of an athlete suffering from this type of injury, I doubt you have either. But regardless of that I don’t need to break my throat to know it is very painful.
Despite breaking his throat in the first quarter of the game versus Green Bay, Ragnow continued to play. The only change was the fact that he could not be the one to call out the offensive line assignments like the center typically does. What ended up happening was that the guards on either side of Ragnow were relaying the calls, making the need for Ragnow to speak nonexistent.
And even though Ragnow was able to play the entire game, that isn’t the most impressive part. According to Pro Football Focus, Ragnow did not allow a sack, quarterback hit, or quarterback pressure in the game. He did all of this with a BROKEN THROAT!
So with that being said, we should all give Ragnow a warm welcome to the Badass Hall of Fame. Because I know that if I broke my throat I would be calling for my mom, not strapping up my helmet to take on 250-pound linebackers that run 40 yards in less than five seconds.
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