By now, you’ve surely heard all about the heroics of Washington Redskins long snapper Nick Sundberg, who played the entire second half of the Redskins’ 40-32 win over the New Orleans Saints last Sunday with a broken left arm.
What many already knew about Sundberg prior to his 15 minutes of fame this week is that he’s a really cool guy who can talk about anything.
I ran into Sundberg Tuesday night at the Greene Turtle during the taping of “Redskins Late Night” (1:30 a.m. Sundays on NBC-4), and talked to him about a variety of topics about his injury.
What’s the most annoying part of the broken arm for Sundberg?
“Putting socks on is the most difficult thing ever,” Sundberg said. “Usually you use two hands, but trying to put socks on now, they get all crooked, and that’s one of my biggest pet peeves is having socks crooked. It takes me 10 minutes just to get my darn socks on.”
I broke my right arm when I was 5. Speculation was I was trying to run down a slide when I slipped and fell off the side — I still provide no comment to those rumors.
But one thing I do remember from that experience is that putting on socks and taking showers was the most frustrating aspect, so I can definitely relate to Sundberg’s pains.
The broken arm also means Sundberg’s position as the official Washington Redskins tie-tyer are, for now, numbered.
Teammates knew they could come to Sundberg to tie their ties in a neat, crisp fashion. What will they do now?
“The arm is definitely going to make things difficult when it comes to tying ties,” Sundberg said. “I’m going to have to download the app on my phone and hold it in front of guys when they do it in the mirror.”
As for the technical aspects of Sundberg’s job and how it is affected by the injury, Sundberg, who is right-handed, said his left hand/arm is really used more for guiding and support as the snap gets underway. Here’s some technical mumbo-jumbo about snapping in relation to his broken arm from Sundberg:
“I’m right handed so I grip the ball with my right hand the way I throw it and I really torque my hand so my fingers are parallel to the ground,” he said. “My left hand goes on the ball, and it’s really just a guide hand. It helps push the ball forward and it kind of helps with velocity, but my right arm really does everything. Because of that I was able to figure out later in the 3rd quarter [last Sunday] that I didn’t have to push on my left arm as hard as I’m used to.”
But what was the most pressing thing on Sundberg’s mind after the injury occurred?
“What is my mom going to think?”
Sundberg’s mom and No. 1 fan, Stacie Sundberg, was, as usual, in the crowd for last Sunday’s game against the Saints at the Superdome in New Orleans. Nick flies his mom out for each game, home or away.
He said she immediately knew something was wrong when she saw her son approach the team trainers.
“I had never talked to trainers or doctors or anything during a regular game, so she saw me talking to them and was like, ‘Uh-oh, something is wrong for me to bring something up to them,’” Sundberg recalled. “She knew right away there was something going on, but didn’t know right away exactly what it was. She was worried.”
The first thing Sundberg did after the game was give his mom a call.
“I grabbed my phone and called her right when the game ended and told her what had happened,” Sundberg said. “She saw everything. She could tell just by the way I was snapping on the sidelines that there was something wrong.”
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