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Redskins’ Nick Sundberg was able to play with a broken arm because tasing himself as a kid made him used to pain

Sep 11, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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As you’ve probably read by now, Washington Redskins’ long snapper Nick Sundberg played most of Sunday’s win over the New Orleans Saints with a broken arm, which he suffered during a blocked punt in the first half. But he played the rest of the game, even though the pain must nave been terrific.

That’s because pain doesn’t bother Nick Sundberg all that much. As he explains it, he’s used to pain, because as a child he regularly used a taser on himself.

Um, come again?

The Washington Post reported last season that Sundberg’s mother works at a company that makes tasers — those devices the cops use to subdue unruly suspects and the occasional Phillies field intruder. Sundberg explains:

“First time I ever did it, I was 9. It was Bring-Your-Kid-to-Work day. My mom’s coworkers were messing with me and said, ‘You gonna take a hit today?’ And I said ‘Yeah!’ just trying to be cool or whatever, and my mom said, ‘Yeah, do it.’ I was like, ‘What?’ the only reason why I said yeah was because I was thinking she wasn’t going to let me do it. Sure enough, she did it.”

While tasing a nine-year-old may not seem like responsible parenting to you and me, it could be argued that the electro-shock treatments helped make Sundberg the man he is today.

“They got me twice that day. It hurts. Every time they come out with a new one, I’ve tried it. Except for this last one because I haven’t been around there a lot. But it hurts a lot. It completely incapacitates you. Usually it’s a five-second run time. All your muscles lock up. When we did it, we tried to do it as safely as possible. We’d have two guys stand there so you don’t face-plant. But the second it’s off, it’s off, and you’re like, ‘What did I just do?’ there’s no pain or anything. That’s why I was able to keep going back to it over and over again.”

According to DC Sports Bog, Sundberg has also broken his arm before, so none of this was new territory.

And yes, this is the same Nick Sundberg who has a very elaborate, Greek mythology-themed back tattoo. Fittingly, one of the designs is of Zeus throwing a lightning bolt.

  1. manchestermiracle - Sep 11, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    They made him “the man he is today” all right. A masochist.

  2. badintent - Sep 13, 2012 at 4:02 AM

    This dude needs to be on a Swat team, Robo cop if there ever was one !!!