One of the most enduring tales of the bodily sacrifices athletes make is the time in 1986 that San Francisco 49ers safety Ronnie Lott had a finger cut off because that was quicker than repairing it, and he had games to play in.
Well, Ole Miss guard Deandre Burnett, the team’s leading scorer, sustained a high ankle sprain recently that was to take him out for two games.
Coach Andy Kennedy had a better idea, according to the Clarion-Ledger.
“I wanted him to go the Ronnie Lott route,” Kennedy said. “Because he’s not very athletic anyway. Let’s just cut it off. … I said let’s just cut it off man. Hobble around, you play like you’re one legged anyway. It’s not gonna hurt your lateral quickness, I assure you.”
Burnett went ahead and just sat out the games.