Ten most significant Super Bowl injuries

Posted Jan. 18, 2010 @ 10 a.m.
Posted By Bob McGinn

Third in a series of 10 Super Bowl top-10 lists excerpted from "The Ultimate Super Bowl Book" by Bob McGinn.

1. Tim Krumrie, NT, Bengals, XXIII: Suffered a broken tibia and fibula early in the first quarter and had to be flown to a nearby hospital via helicopter.

2. Leslie Frazier, CB, Bears, XX: Blew out his knee playing special teams in the first half. Frazier never played another game in the NFL.

3. Steve Wallace, LT, 49ers, XXIII: With the turf in deplorable condition, Wallace suffered a broken left fibula a few plays before Krumrie went down.

4. Lin Dawson, TE, Patriots, XX: On the Patriots' first play from scrimmage, Dawson stretched to haul in a pass at the 8-yard line and ruptured his patellar tendon.

5. Dave Studdard, LT, Broncos, XXII: Playing in his ninth season as a starter for Denver, Studdard blew out his ACL early in the second quarter.

6. Shannon Sharpe, TE, Broncos, XXXIII: Played two series and caught two of the four passes thrown to him by John Elway before departing with a sprained knee.

7. Boyd Dowler, WR, Packers, I and II: Exited Super Bowl I when a calcium deposit in his bad right shoulder broke loose. A year later, Dowler had to sit again, this time with leg cramps.

8. John Stallworth, WR, Steelers, XIII: Suffered muscle cramps late in the first half and didn't return.

9. Shane Conlan, LB, Bills, XXVI: Left the game just five minutes in because of a knee injury.

10. Johnny Unitas, QB, Colts, V: Absorbed a shot in the ribs from Cowboys DE George Andrie midway through the second quarter and gave way to Earl Morrall.


Coming Wednesday: Ten who played hurt


Bob McGinn, the author of "The Ultimate Super Bowl Book," has covered the Green Bay Packers and the NFL for 30 years, including the last 19 for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He has been Pro Football Weekly's correspondent in Green Bay since the early 1980s. McGinn spent 4½ years interviewing more than 150 head coaches, assistant coaches, players, general managers, scouts and owners, as well as studying tapes of every game, in preparation for writing his book. His objective was to break down why each game was won. "The Ultimate Super Bowl Book," published by MVP Books, is available at mvpbooks.com, Amazon.com and book stores across the country. It contains more than 25 top-10 lists, a comprehensive statistical summary of each game and a list of Super Bowl records.