Top Bengals Draft Picks: #10 Defensive Tackle Tim Krumrie

Tim Krumrie during pregame walkthroughs

Tim Krumrie will always be known to people as the player that unsettled so many stomachs during Super Bowl XXIII, suffering two breaks in his tibia and another in his fibula. But Krumrie personified a level of toughness difficult to find in today's game. Refusing to go to the hospital after being taken off the field, Krumrie planted himself in the locker room, cheering his teammates. At one point it seemed like he'd be celebrating with his teammates while wenches filled wooden steins with endless amounts of mead. You know, just like how we imagined they celebrated after wins when we were children.

Eventually paramedics convinced Krumrie that if he doesn't get to the hospital soon his mangled leg could cause him to go into shock. There was little worry that the injury was life-threatening; not because the injury wasn't serious, we're just not sure if death would risk facing Krumrie in the emotional state he was in. We're pretty sure that if Krumrie were sent as a peace ambassador to Libya last month, it would be the safest country on Earth within six days and gas prices would be down to $1.25.

Doctors placed a 15-inch steel rod into his leg and returned in time for the start of the 1989 regular season, allowing him to continue his games played streak which would end in 1994 at 122 games. That's right. In the middle of his games played streak, he broke the crap out of his leg, had a steel rod implanted, tied up his cleats and asked Chuck Norris to step aside. He complied.

Krumrie was the 276th player selected in the 1983 NFL Draft (the tenth round in that draft), eventually becoming one of the Bengals all-time best defensive tackles and one tough son of a bitch. Krumrie is a two-time Pro Bowler, named as the First-Team All-Pro selection in 1988 and Second-Team All-Pro in 1987. His 34.5 quarterback sacks ranks fifth all-time and his 188 games played ranks fourth. He also finished with 1,017 career tackles, 13 fumble recovers, 11 forced fumbles and 10 passes defensed.


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