“Tape An Aspirin To It And Go”August 26th, 2014
The tough guy stories on new Bucs superstar left guard Logan Mankins are all over New England. There’s immense sadness that the Bucs now own their warrior for the NFL equivalent of a nice lunch, aka Tim Wright and a fourth-round pick.
Christopher Price, of the Patriots’ flagship radio station, shared great takes on Mankins playing through a torn ACL for most of the 2011 season and his impact last year.
So how do you play on a torn ACL?
“I don’t know,” Mankins shrugged. “Put a brace on. Tape an aspirin to it and go.”
That was pretty much Mankins in a nutshell. No one was more responsible for infusing the 2013 team with the mental and physical toughness that allowed it to get as far as it did. The son of a California cattle rancher, he was the Marlboro Man in shoulderpads. He’s a throwback, a rub-some-dirt-on-it-and-get-back-in-there type that would have well suited to play in the 1970s. Mankins, who played the entire 2011 season on a torn ACL, came back from an ankle injury late in 2013, and ended up playing the second-most snaps of any left guard in the league , according to Football Outsiders (1,164).
Joe’s really jacked up by the excellent maneuvering of Bucs general manager to pull off this great deal with the Pats. Whether you like the deal or not, you have to admire the skillful negotiation involved here.
Joe suspects some of Licht’s peers around the league are stunned about now.