The Purdue football team scored a thrilling victory over Arizona in the Foster Farms Bowl on Wednesday night thanks to a gutsy effort from quarterback Elijah Sindelar.
After the game, Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm announced the offensive MVP had played through a torn ACL in the game.
In fact, Sindelar has been playing with a torn ACL for more than three games.
“For somebody to play almost four games with that, three and a half, that’s amazing,” Brohm said, via ESPN. “I couldn’t be A, prouder of his performance but to perform with that serious of an injury? How many people can do that? It’s less than 1 percent.”
The sophomore signal-caller was initially injured against Northwestern on Nov. 11.
While Brohm had his reservations about allowing his quarterback to play through structural damage in his knee, Sindelar was adamant about giving it a shot.
“My first thing was no,” Brohm said. “There’s no way he should play. I think he’s had his knee operated on more than a few times. I thought if he can wear that brace and keep it stable and if he feels like he can go, we can give it a try. I was very leery at first, but Elijah wanted to do it. We went through our trainers and doctor. He was able to pull it off.”
You’ll never have to worry about hearing anyone questioning Sindelar’s toughness throughout the rest of his career.
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