Some day, I will grow weary of stories about Redskins long snapper Nick Sundberg playing an entire half with a broken arm.
Today is not that day.
Sundberg is obviously the Baddest Long Snapper in All the Land, and frankly is turning into Chuck Norris right in front of our eyes (Nick Sundberg doesn’t snap the ball backward. His strength reverses the Earth’s gravity until the punter is pulled forward to where he once was). Ronnie Lott cutting off a finger was kind of a pansy move compared to Nick Sundberg.
During an interview with Run TMC Sports (via Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post), Sundberg explained how he broke his left arm.
“They brought 10, so it was a heavy rush, I guess you could say,” Sundberg said. “It was an overload right, so there were six guys on the right side, four on the left. One of the six guys, the closest to me, looped to the left to make it a balanced look. The guy next to him kind of hit me right in the face, and when he did, I threw my arm out there to kind of get a piece of the guy that was looping, who was [Reed Doughty’s] guy.
“When I did, I guess my arm got in front of his helmet, and he was still going. So as Reed was stepping up, I threw my hand out, got in between his helmet and Reed’s helmet. Somehow the momentum of his helmet hitting my arm backwards and Reed stepping up and my arm hitting Reed’s facemask broke my arm.”
Sundberg said the Redskins medical staff wasn’t sure at first it was broken, but he cleared that up for them.
“I told them it was broken,” Sundberg said. “They were like, ‘Oh, I don’t know, it might not be broken.’ And I was like, ‘All right, listen, I can feel it clicking. I’ve done it before. When I move my hand this way, the bone’s moving. It’s broken.’ ”
Long snappers are tweeners by nature, not really linemen, but not really kickers either. So Sundberg’s move earned him a measure of respect in the huddle many don’t ordinarily receive.
“After it happened, I was walking to the net and a couple of [linemen] grabbed me and they were like, ‘hey, is it really broken?’” Sundberg said. “I was like ‘yeah.’ They were like ‘Wowww.’ No big deal or anything, is what I said. I kind of flexed real quick.”
Let us all stand in awe and admiration of the Great and Mighty Sundberg.