We’ve heard stories about NFL players going to the bathroom on the sidelines before.
It was just last year that Chargers kicker Nick Novak was spied urinating on the sideline during a loss to the Broncos. There have been other instances of players watering the grass, but things have apparently gone much further than that.
During an interview with Dan LeBatard of ESPN, via Larry Brown Sports, Wes Welker spilled the beans on a story about former Pats linebacker Larry Izzo. LeBatard, likely inspired by Welker’s inspired work in commercials for Depends, asked the receiver if it was true that Izzo had once defecated while on the sideline during a game. LeBatard originally heard the story from Zach Thomas and Welker confirmed it was true. What’s more, Bill Belichick gave Izzo a game ball for pulling it off.
“This is 100% true,” Welker said. “And Larry would be so mad at me if I said that this did not happen, because he takes ultimate pride in this whole deal. Of all the special teams tackles and Pro Bowls he’s made, I guarantee you that game ball is probably a more prized item for him than his Super Bowl rings.”
There were some details left out of Welker’s retelling of Izzo’s feat. We don’t know about how it was cleaned up, disposed of or other things that are probably best left shrouded in secrecy.
Izzo is now an assistant special teams coach with the Giants. No word on if he’s now handing out game balls based on the same criteria.