NOTE: These all-time draft posts are re-posts from previous years. Since there hasn't been many changes over the years, our top-10 lists are relatively the same.
Tim Krumrie will always be known as the player who 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 that identifies our perceptions of what a football player should be. Refusing to go to the hospital after being taken off the field, Krumrie planted himself in the locker room, cheering on the brotherhood much like we did from our living room couch. At one point it seemed like he'd be celebrating with his teammates, as wenches filled wooden steins with endless amounts of Westeros' best honey mead.
Eventually paramedics convinced Krumrie that if he didn'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 Krumrie would risk facing death in the emotional state he was in. We're pretty sure that if Krumrie were sent as a peace ambassador to any war torn nation in the world, it would be the safest country on Earth within six days and gas prices would drop to $1.25.
Doctors placed a 15-inch steel rod into his leg. By the time that the 1989 regular season kicked off, Krumrie played the opener which allowed him to continue his games played streak which would end in 1994 at 122. 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 10th 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 rank him fifth all-time and his 188 games played ranks fourth. He also finished his NFL career with 1,017 career tackles, 13 fumble recovers, 11 forced fumbles and 10 passes defensed.