Middle linebacker Jack Lambert, known for his fierceness and aggressive style of play, was a key component of the Pittsburgh Steelers famed “Steel Curtain” defense. The epitome of toughness, Lambert missed only six games due to injuries in 10 seasons. However, in the 1984 season opener, Lambert suffered a serious and extremely painful case of “turf toe.” Determined to play, Lambert had his shoe fitted with a plaster cast to help protect his badly dislocated toe. Although he managed to play in eight games, the damaged toe wouldn’t heal and the Hall of Fame linebacker called it a career at season’s end.
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