It seems that Gardner Minshaw did legendary things long before he entered the NFL.
The Jacksonville Jaguars rookie was recently on the Pardon My Take podcast. this week and stated in his first year in eastern carolina, he was suddenly vaulted from third in depth chart to first.
He expected to not play at all this season, as two adults sat above him in the pecking order. He wanted to change his shirt and play three full seasons after the boys had finished.
I played about half and then we come in next week and the starter will come back, "Minshev said. "So I like it, man, I just played half. I really wasted a year playing half ball. I was pretty angry so I started looking around and seeing what I could do, what my options were. All I could do was get a medical shirt. But if I play the next game, then it will be on the table.
Then he came up with the insane idea of injuring himself.
"I have an idea. I go home, grab a bottle of Jack Daniel and grab a hammer. I go back to my room and pull Jack Daniels, I put my hand on the table and I ̵1; boom, boom, boom, one, two, three – hit the hell out of my hand. I sit there, trembling, but I know it's not broken. So I'm doing another download – one, two, three. Still nothing. I knew it wasn't broken. So one more time, another pull, three more hits. That was all I could take.
Mingsheu stated that he told coaches that he had hit his hand in a car and that his bad hand had to be swollen for several weeks.
As it turned out, it was a good thing he didn't break it.