Soccer players tend to get a poor repuatation from a lot of Americans who think they are not as tough as other athletes. Clearly these people have not heard about the performance that Trautmann put in during the 1956 FA Cup.
Manchester City had managed to build up a 3-1 lead on Birmingham City when Peter Murphy was on the attack to try to narrow the deficit. Murphy collided with Trautmann, who made the save, and his knee hit Trautmann in the neck.
Trautmann was knocked out for a few seconds but needed to stay in the game because Manchester City had no substitutions left. He looked dazed as he stood in net, but he stood strong in net and made a few diving saves to keep Manchester City on top.
Three days later, while at the hospital getting his neck checked out, Trautmann had an X-Ray and was told that he had broken his number five vertebrae during the collision.
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