Everyone knew coming into Super Bowl XLIX that the Seattle Seahawks were having to patch up a number of their key players just to get them out on the gridiron for the season finale.
Head coach Pete Carroll commended the likes of Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor for going through the pain in order to play but now the true extent of Chancellor's injury has emerged - leaving many shocked that he was able to participate at all.
As reported by the Seahawks themselves, the strong safety entered the game with a torn MCL (medial collateral ligament) in his knee alongside deep bone bruising.
ESPN Seahawks reporter Terry Blount described Chancellor's ability to even play in the game with such an injury as "stunning," and "unheard of."
Chancellor himself meanwhile thanked his teammates, and God, for allowing him to suit up come the biggest game of the season.
- NFL fine Seahawks star for obscene gesture
- Seattle Seahawks' tough week goes from bad to worse
- Gruesome photo shows extent of Seahawks star's Super Bowl injury
"They told me I wasn't going to be able to play...They told me torn MCL and bone bruise. I was mad. I was frustrated," Chancellor told Seahawks.com.
"My teammates came to me. They prayed with me. That's when it hit me. Why am I man? I've got to be grateful for how I'm feeling right now. There are some people out there worse than me."
"I prayed for health and happiness. I prayed for peace and just to be able to make it to the game and play as much as I could for my teammates."
Injured but making an impact
Chancellor's participation was in doubt right up until kick off but once on the gridiron he played as if 100 percent healthy - racking up 10 tackles in the 28-24 loss.
To do so with a torn MCL and severe bruising is a truly incredible achievement and it looks like Carroll's description of Chancellor's game as "superhuman" might be just about right.
It looks likely that Chancellor may need surgery during the offseason to heal the issue - this could mean up to eight weeks out in recovery.
With fellow Legion of Boom member Richard Sherman (elbow), Earl Thomas (shoulder) and Jeremy Lane (wrist) all facing treatment in the coming weeks the offseason will be as much about healing physical wounds for Seattle as it is recovering from Sunday's Super Bowl defeat.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms