Rugby is a tough, mean game.
Last Sunday, Sam Burgess and the South Sydney Rabbitohs prevailed in the National Rugby League Grand Final over Canterbury.
Within seconds after the start of the game, Burgess sustained a serious fracture to his cheekbone, clashing heads with opponent James Graham. Being the dedicated dude that he is, Burgess finished the game like a true champ.
Former Souths player John Sattler played for 77 minutes with a broken jaw in the 1970 grand final, so with Burgess, it's safe to say the legacy is official. In 2013, Shaun Kenny-Dowall of the Sydney Roosters played 65 minutes with a broken jaw.
Just laying in hospital waiting for surgery, I look similar to a hamster at the moment. I wouldn't change anything for the world though.
— Sam Burgess (@SamBurgess8) October 7, 2014
At the hospital, Burgess discovered that in addition to his cheekbone, he also broke his eye socket.
Immediately after the victory, Burgess managed to smile for selfies like there was no tomorrow. Ouch. Check out the video below of Burgess's painful collision, and watch the video above to see a superstar 16-Year old Australian rugby player balling out like an NFL running back.
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