At the end of this story, you will likely think that Illinois offensive tackle Corey Lewis is either incredibly brazen or incredibly brave, but regardless, he is insanely tough.
According to Steve Greenberg of the Chicago Sun-Times, the 6th-year senior lineman played through a torn ACL for all of the 2013 football season. The fact that Lewis played through that type of severe injury is enough on its own to stand out, but when you consider that it was the fourth ACL tear of his career (not a misprint), it becomes even more astonishing.
This quote (via the Sun-Times piece) illustrates it all for Lewis:
“I felt that if I could play, there was no reason to MRI it and get shut down if something came out of the MRI. I just wanted to play my last season.”
Sometimes, things are just simple, and it appears as if it was the case for Lewis. He had already been granted a medical redshirt for his previous knee trouble, and with no recourse to continue his collegiate career, he persevered and put it together each and every Saturday, even for a lowly 4-8 football team.
People are often lauded for their “toughness” in athletic competition, but for me, this is the very definition.