A former Oak Creek Knight is a Super Bowl champion, though it came with quite a bit of pain.
New York Giants' tight end Travis Beckum, a 2005 graduate, tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the second quarter. He was jammed by a Patriots linebacker and landed awkwardly on his right leg with 12:55 left. He was taken to the locker room and later returned to the sidelines on crutches.
According to the Star-Ledger newspaper, the injury was so bad that Beckum may not be ready by the start of the 2012 season. He will undergo an MRI to determine the full extent of the injury.
But it seemed the joy of the Giants' victory was greater than any concern Beckum has about his knee. He said that after he got hurt, he thought to himself that "the only way this is going to feel better is if we win," according to CBSSports.com. "I'm a world champion with a torn ACL and I can’t complain about that … Hopefully I can come back quick from it."
After the game on his Twitter feed, Beckum wrote, "Hurt my knee...bummer...WORLD CHAMPION...AMAZING!!!!"
Beckum caught five passes for 93 yards and a touchdown - a 67-yarder against Green Bay - in the regular season. His production picked up in the postseason, however, as he caught seven passes for 45 yards in the Giants' first three playoff games. He did not catch a pass Sunday.