Patrick Chung spent the final moments of Super Bowl LII in the locker room, dealing with a concussion as New England was dealt a defeat by the Philadelphia Eagles. On Sunday, the Patriots safety suffered a broken arm, then returned to the sidelines to cheer on his teammates.
After the Patriots’ 13-3 victory in Super Bowl LIII, Chung lifted the Lombardi Trophy with his left arm while his right was secured in a sling. He gave a simple explanation for why he came back to the field after breaking his arm early in the third quarter.
“I gotta support my teammates,” Chung told NESN’s Doug Kyed. “Can’t do that from the locker room.”
A cart drove onto the field after Chung stayed down following a tackle on Rams running back Todd Gurley. He refused the ride, however, electing instead to walk to the locker room under his own power with his arm in an air cast.
After the game, Chung said the injury did “hurt really bad,” but he wasn’t going in the golf cart.
“If I can walk, I can walk. I didn’t hurt my leg or anything,” he said.
Bill Belichick sang Chung’s praises during his postgame press conference. He compared the situation to the injuries that knocked safeties Eugene Wilson and Rodney Harrison out of Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005, noting that everyone knew immediately what had happened once they saw Chung’s arm in a cast and sling.
“Everybody loves Pat. Pat’s such a good football player,” he said. “I can’t say enough about Pat Chung. That guy’s one of the best football players I’ve coached.”
Belichick acknowledged that New England was “spinning the wheel” in their attempts to replace Chung, because they’re not used to playing without the durable 10-year veteran.
“We had to scramble a little bit, but, when Pat came out there, I think we all were kind of inspired a little bit,” he said. “‘We got to get this for Pat because he really deserves to be out there.’ We wouldn’t be here without Pat Chung. There’s no way.”