Normally we don’t tend to feature the same player twice in our Foxy Friday feature, but after what Gregory Campbell did on Wednesday night, how could we not?
In case you’ve been living under a rock since Wednesday, just take a moment to review what transpired to bring about this Foxy Friday Sequel.
We wouldn’t know it officially until yesterday but Campbell broke his leg on that shot…and kept playing.
We all know that hockey players are notorious for being one of the toughest, if not THE toughest athletes on the planet. (Rugby players are right up there especially that guy that lost a testicle during a game and kept playing. Talk about cojones.)
But what Campbell did on Wednesday was incredible. To have the presence of mind to get back up and keep playing when you are in obvious intense physical pain is just remarkable.
Some might call it stupid or reckless.
We just call it foxy.
Cue bad-ass strut walk music.
He could have easily collapse to the ice and waited for a whistle.
But he didn’t.
He put his team before himself, got back up, and finished his shift.
If you watch Bruins hockey with any regularity, you are quite familiar with Campbell and how he plays. It’s smart, aggressive, and unselfish. If he gets a goal occasionally, that’s cool. But it seems for him, it is more about doing what is best for his team and his teammates without regard for personal gain.
He’ll scrap. He’ll muck and he’ll grind. And apparently he’ll even play on a broken leg if that is what it takes.
With one act of incredible courage and self-sacrifice, Gregory Campbell has become a Boston sports legend.
Parents will tell their kids about what he did. They’ll use it as a metaphor about how to never give up, even when it hurts, because there are people counting on you.
We’ll use it as a reminder of what it means to be part of a team, to be part of something bigger than yourself. That no one person is more important than another and the only way to win is if you work together.
Much like Nathan Horton was in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, Campbell will serve as inspiration, motivation, and as an emotional linchpin for this team.
Right now, everyone on that Bruins team has a singular collective focus – to win the Stanley Cup and to win it for Gregory Campbell.
P.S. Get well soon, Soupy!