Peyton Manning and 4 Other Superstars Who Overcame a Stunning Number of Injuries

These five superstars found a way to play through extraordinary amounts of pain to be among the best of the best.

The life of a professional athlete can seem impossibly glamorous. Bright lights, endorsements deals, adoring fans, multi-million-dollar contracts—what's not to like? If most people were offered a chance to trade places, they'd do it in a heartbeat. But it's easy to forget the sacrifices these players make. Most notably? Their bodies.

Professional athletes destroy their bodies play after play, game after game, season after season. Injuries pile up, but their passion and drive trump their desire for self-preservation. They might walk into the locker room after a game with their joints cracking, their muscles burning and their heads spinning; but by the time the next contest rolls around, they're suited up and ready to go.


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