Paul Wood told the BBC Radio Manchester that "it really sounds worse than it is," so I suppose we'll just have to take his word for it. But ... ouch: Wood ruptured one of his testicles during a match Saturday and had to have it removed afterward. Yeah.
And just so every guy reading this who just clenched his legs uncomfortably understands: Wood even played for another 20 minutes after the fateful blow. It was the Super League Grand Final, and while Wood's Warrington Wolves lost to the Leeds Rhinos, 26-18, Wood was willing to give it his ball and all. Afterward, he was anything but testy as he discussed what happened, telling the BBC he took "accidental knee" to his golden point before offloading a bit on Twitter:
Now just sat in hospital with a ruptured testicle! Please don't laugh it's very very very painful! & embarrassing #wolves2012— Paul Wood (@PaulWood_Wolves) October 6, 2012
Tony smith did say in his pre match team talk last night 'you're balls are on the line here guys!'I didn't think he meant literally #wolves— Paul Wood (@PaulWood_Wolves) October 7, 2012
Wood also told the BBC the incident has him considering whether to wear added protection in the future. That these guys don't already do so is half-nuts:
"It's something I'm going to look at because obviously I've only got one now—so I've got to look after it.
"If I want any more kids this has got to be my pride and joy."
Warrington Wolves: Paul Wood has testicle removed [BBC]
h/t to Andrew