Back in the day — well 1995, which I guess wasn’t too far back in the day — there was a tale regarding NFL legend Reggie White late one season. An MRI had diagnosed White with a hole in his hamstring, and the Green Bay Packers announced that he would be ruled out for the remainder of the season.
But just one day after rubbing some dirt on the injury, White was in the Louisiana Superdome competing at a high level in a game versus the New Orleans Saints, and he would go one to play the remainder of that season including the playoffs.
At the time Reggie credited his religious faith along with divine intervention for being able to return to the football field. A more secular view would have Reggie as an absolutely freakish physical specimen who was able to withstand a tremendously high pain threshold. In these parts here in Wisconsin, most took Reggie White at his word, attributing his staying on the field to a combination of the two possibilities.