Talk about muscling through and toughing out an injury.
Purdue Boilermakers’ quarterback Elijah Sindelar played through a torn ACL in Purdue’s thrilling 38-35 win over Arizona in the Foster Farms Bowl on Wednesday night.
Sindelar went 33-for-53 for 396 yards, four touchdowns and one interception en route to offensive MVP in the victory.
“For somebody to play almost four games with that, three and a half, that’s amazing,” Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm said (h/t ESPN).
“I couldn’t be A, prouder of his performance, but to perform with that serious of an injury? How many people can do that? It’s less than 1 percent.”
Brohm planned to sit Sindelar when the injury was first discovered, but Sindelar convinced his coach to let him play.
“My first thing was no,” Brohm said.
“There’s no way he should play. I think he’s had his knee operated on more than a few times. I thought if he can wear that brace and keep it stable and if he feels like he can go, we can give it a try. I was very leery at first, but Elijah wanted to do it. We went through our trainers and doctor. He was able to pull it off.”
Sindelar was injured in a loss to Northwestern on November 11th, but he helped lead Purdue to wins over Iowa and Indiana to qualify for a bowl.
Sindelar will undergo surgery before the end of the year, Brohm informed the media.