Defensive lineman J.J. Watt racked up 20.5 sacks, defelected 16 passes and forced four fumbles in 2012, and the AP Defensive Player of the Year said he did it while playing at less than 100 percent.
Watt dislocated his elbow in the first week of the Houston Texans' training camp, and it remained sore while he played wearing a brace the entire season.
"In the beginning, it definitely affected me," Watt told Sports Radio 610 in Houston. "All the ligaments in there were torn, they were all gone, so they had to have time to recover and regroup. So obviously, I wasn't at full strength.
"The brace helped a lot, but it was more of a mental thing, getting over the thought process of knowing that it was injured and making sure that I could still have confidence in it. As the season went on, I got more and more confidence in it, and obviously, it didn't hinder me too much; I had some success out there. But (I'm) looking forward to a 100 percent full healthy season."