Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 9/10/12
It's no secret that you need to be tough to play professional sports. Yet the stories of athletes overcoming pain continue to surprise us time and time again. This past week, Patriots fans learned that center Logan Mankins had played through an injury during all of last season. It wasn't just a small bump or a nagging bruise, either. Mankins had been playing through the entire 2011 season with a torn ACL, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Yet despite suffering one of the most painful and rehab-intensive injuries in spots, Mankins never said a word. On Sunday, another football player...

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