Playoff football hits differently, and as a result players tend to leave it all on the field in ways they don’t earlier in the year.
Look no further than Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson, who embodied the toughness needed to survive this late in January and did so in a way that is full Philly fashion.
Before Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers, FOX’s NFL insider Jay Glazer reported that Johnson was dealing with a new injury. Johnson apparently re-tore his groin in the Eagles win over the Giants in the NFC Divisional Round, but it wasn’t an injury that was going to stop him from playing in the biggest game of the season yet.
“I just have to deal with it and block the pain,” Johnson reportedly told Jay Glazer before the NFC Championship Game.
If you want to win over the entire city of Philadelphia, tearing your groin and brushing it off like you stubbed your toe so that you can still play a football game is one way to do it.
Needless to say, Eagles fans rallied behind Johnson after hearing the news:
Johnson originally suffered a groin injury back in December, one that wasn’t going to fully heal unless he missed some time. That clearly wasn’t on the table for Johnson in playoffs, but it’s the type of thing that will earn him insane credit in the locker room and with fans.
It also seems to be a common thread about the toughness of the Eagles. Jalen Hurts admitted he wasn’t fully 100 percent, and Avonte Maddox was dealing with an injury all week. Specifically the toughness of Hurts has been cited as a big reason the city of Philadelphia has embraced him, and it’s clear that his stamp is already all over the team.