November 13, 2011
In the second quarter of the Patriots-Jets Sunday night game, Tom Brady(notes) fumbled the ball when he wasn't ready for a handoff. Eventually, he emerged from the pile with the ball, but referee Gene Steratore had to dive into the scrum to find out who had recovered the fumble. He emerged with a war wound.
NBC commentator Cris Collinsworth immediately nominated Steratore for the Madden team, which recognizes the toughest men in the NFL every year. Steratore toughed it out and stayed in for the rest of the first half without so much as a band-aid.
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