The man, the myth and the legend of Gardner Minshew continues to grow. Jacksonville Jaguars and WSU folk hero Gardner Minshew got his first career win against The Tennessee Titans on Thursday. But the dude has been winning the internet for the last two weeks with fun facts like these:
And a new story emerges and it’s just as good as you’d expect. In an interview with Barstool Sports Podcast “Pardon My Take” that aired on Firday, Gardner added another amazing tidbit about the time he tried to break his own hand with a hammer to try to gain an additional year of college eligibility.
“So I’m like, ‘Dang, man, I just played a half and really wasted a year on playing a half of ball,’” Minshew said. “I was pretty pissed, so I started looking around at what I could do and what my options were. The only thing I could do was to get a medical redshirt. But if I played in this next game, then that would be off the table.
“So I get an idea. I go home, I grabbed a bottle of Jack Daniels, and a hammer. And I go back in my room, I take a pull of Jack Daniels and put my hand down on the table and ‘Boom, boom, boom, one-two-three,’ and hit the hell out of my hand.”
“I’m sitting there shaking, but I know it’s not broken, and I did it again. Still nothing at this point and knew it wasn’t broken. So another time, another pull, another three hits and that was all I could take. I couldn’t break my own hand.”
“I told the coaches I closed it in a car door”
Through three games, Minshew is backing up his growing off-field legend with his play. According to NFL Research, he has the highest completion percentage (73.8) and passer rating (110.6) of any rookie quarterback in NFL history through their first three games.