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Cincinnati Bengals nose tackle Tim Krumrie is taken (Credit: AP)

Cincinnati Bengals nose tackle Tim Krumrie is taken from the field on a stretcher after breaking his leg during the first quarter of Super Bowl XXIII on Sunday, Jan. 23, 1989 in Miami.

Worst injuries in Super Bowl history

For NFLers, it doesn't get much more painful than suffering an injury in the Super Bowl. Take a look back at some of the more gruesome and significant injuries that happened in the NFL's biggest event.

TIM KRUMRIE, Cincinnati Bengals DT Super Bowl XXIII:
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TIM KRUMRIE, Cincinnati Bengals DT
Super Bowl XXIII: 49ers 20, Bengals 16
On a routine first-and-10 from their own 3-yard line, the 49ers gained 6 yards on a run by Roger Craig. It wasn't routine for Krumrie, though. The Bengals' defensive lineman went to make a diving tackle, and as he planted his left foot, his ankle buckled, breaking in multiple places. As he rolled onto his back, his foot flailed about like a Lord of the Dance performer. Trainers stabilized his leg before Krumrie was airlifted to a nearby hospital. The stomach-churning injury is arguably the worst in Super Bowl history.

STEVE WALLACE, San Francisco 49ers LT Super Bowl
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STEVE WALLACE, San Francisco 49ers LT
Super Bowl XXIII: 49ers 20, Bengals 16
The turf at Joe Robbie Stadium, now Sun Life Stadium, in Miami was in bad shape on Jan. 22, 1989. Just three plays into the game and a few plays before Krumrie's injury, Wallace went down with a broken left fibula.

TERRELL DAVIS, Denver Broncos RB Super Bowl XXXII:
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TERRELL DAVIS, Denver Broncos RB
Super Bowl XXXII: Broncos 31, Packers 24
It might've been John Elway's team, but the Broncos needed Davis even more. He had three 100-yard rushing games in the playoffs before the Super Bowl. In the second quarter against Green Bay, Davis temporarily went blind as he fought through a brutal migraine. "Don't worry about being able to see on this play, because we're gonna fake it to you," head coach Mike Shanahan told Davis before Elway used the play-action to scramble for a TD. Davis missed some time as he regained his vision, but he finished with 157 yards and three TDs to become the MVP.

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LESLIE FRAZIER, Chicago Bears CB Super Bowl XX:
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LESLIE FRAZIER, Chicago Bears CB
Super Bowl XX: Bears 46, Patriots 10
The Bears' Super Bowl Shuffle video held up as they won decisively, but they lost a young star in the process. On an odd play call, the Bears tried a reverse on a punt return. Kick returner Keith Ortego handed the ball off to Frazier, whose left foot got stuck as he planted it in the turf and blew out his knee. Frazier, who suffered a torn ACL among other injuries, never played another NFL game.

SHANNON SHARPE, Denver Broncos TE Super Bowl XXXIII:
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SHANNON SHARPE, Denver Broncos TE
Super Bowl XXXIII: Broncos 34, Falcons 19
A year after Davis' heroics, the usually talkative Sharpe was quiet in the Super Bowl after suffering a torn MCL in his left knee in the first quarter. Sharpe was flipped over on a tackle by Falcons defensive back Ray Buchanan after a 14-yard catch. He returned later in the first quarter but was eventually ruled out.

CHARLES WOODSON, Green Bay Packers CB Super Bowl
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CHARLES WOODSON, Green Bay Packers CB
Super Bowl XLV: Packers 35, Steelers 21
The thrill of playing in his first Super Bowl didn't last too long for Woodson, then a 13-year NFL veteran. Woodson was knocked out of the game with a fractured collarbone after trying to make a diving stop in the second quarter. Green Bay's emotional defensive leader broke down during halftime explaining how much it would mean to win a ring. The Packers came through for him.

JAKE BALLARD, Giants TE Super Bowl XLVI: Giants
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JAKE BALLARD, Giants TE
Super Bowl XLVI: Giants 21, Patriots 17
The Giants trailed, 17-15, with just under 12 minutes left in the game when Ballard injured his knee while running an outside-breaking route defended by Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes. After leaving the field, Ballard tried to cut on the sideline, but collapsed wincing in pain. The Giants later found out he had torn his ACL.

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