Any conversation about the greatest offensive linemen in NFL history will invariably include the great Anthony Muñoz.
The Cincinnati Bengals tackle enjoyed a 13-year career that included 11 Pro Bowl appearances as well as nine first-team and two second-team All-Pro selections.
Muñoz was also dependable, missing only three games in his first 12 years in the league.
On top of all of that, he was a surprisingly potent weapon in the passing game, notching four receiving touchdowns over the course of his illustrious career.
Capping off his accomplishments, Muñoz became the first Bengals player to ever be enshrined at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998.
Beyond the extensive accolades, the anecdotal evidence that Muñoz was one of the greatest to ever play the game is stacked a mile high as well.
He was a notorious workout fanatic, allegedly running three to four miles everyday. That number might not be very impressive for a runner, but for an NFL offensive tackle? You bet it is.
All of that is say nothing of what Muñoz did best, which was to absolutely stonewall pass rushers.
But for all that he has accomplished, it came at a price.
Knee and shoulder injuries plagued Muñoz despite him never missing very many games. Those injuries eventually caught up to him in 1992, relegating him to just eight games. Muñoz attempted to play one more season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but was cut before ever playing a game.
And while Muñoz’s knee and shoulder injuries are what primarily affected his play, he might be best known for a different injury.
Over the course of his storied career, he managed to mangle his pinky finger beyond recognition.
Before Muñoz appeared on Thursday’s edition of ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo,” co-host Mike Golic felt compelled to remind everyone on social media about Muñoz’s graphic injury.
— Golic and Wingo (@GolicAndWingo) February 1, 2018
Muñoz says he never got his finger fixed because it doesn’t hurt.
He added, “If I got it fixed I wouldn’t be able to make a fist. I can still make a fist.”
Painful or not, the fate of Muñoz’s pinky is probably still preferable to what happened to Ronnie Lott’s pinky.
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