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Ronnie Lott: Amputated a Finger to Avoid Missing Playing Time

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In the final game of the 1985 season, safety Ronnie Lott and his San Francisco 49ers faced the Dallas Cowboys. While tackling Cowboys fullback Timmy Newsome, Lott crushed the bones in his left pinky finger. Not realizing the extent of his injury, he continued to play the rest of the game (the 49ers won 31-16) and in round one of the playoffs (the 49ers lost to the Giants). In the off-season, Lott decided to amputate the crushed portion of his finger rather than miss any playing time.

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