Pictured is Logan Mankins celebrating his fumble recovery touchdown during the 2006 AFC Championship game.
Mankins almost got himself airborne during that championship matchup, but circumstances were a bit different during the Patriots' most recent big game. The 310-pounder likely would have had much more trouble performing that jumping maneuver during the 2012 Super Bowl.
Mankins first showed up on New England's injury report following their Week 16 game against Miami. The team listed him with a sprained MCL and Mankins sat out the final game of regular season. He was back for the playoffs though, and he played with no visible limitations.
No visible limitations.
At some point, either during the Super Bowl or back in Week 16, Mankins also tore his ACL. The timetable of the injury is up for debate at the moment as the team wishes to keep his recovery under wraps.
Either way, Mankins was on the field playing for the Lombardi Trophy with one heck of a messed-up knee. That's complete and utter dedication and an odd amount of manliness right there, wow.
Projecting when he gets back on the field would require speculation right now, but it's looking like the solid bets are being placed on him missing some time in 2012.