Derek Wolfe won a Super Bowl in 2016, but it wasn’t without its risks.

The former Denver Bronco had one of the biggest scares a footballer can have on the grid.

During the 2013 preseason, Wolfe was struck on the top of the head by a fullback after a cut, and he was put into an ambulance and taken to a hospital.

That blow made Wolfe’s body numb «from the nose down,» but Wolfe said he was back on the field in two weeks.

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Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe (95) lies motionless on the field during an injury in the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks on August 17, 2013 at CenturyLink Field.  He was taken to a local hospital and evaluated for a cervical spine injury and has movement in all of his extremities.

Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe (95) lies motionless on the field during an injury in the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks on August 17, 2013 at CenturyLink Field. He was taken to a local hospital and evaluated for a cervical spine injury and has movement in all of his extremities. (John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

«I was paralyzed for three hours and then I played two weeks later.» Wolfe told Joe Rogan on his podcast. «It was miserable. Every time I got touched, my arms would go numb. And I’m a defensive lineman, so I get hit in the head on every play…»

Wolfe added that his team’s medics downplayed the severity of the injury, saying «it was just a stinger» and likening it to how lights take a while to come on but immediately go off.

The doctors at the hospital wanted him to stay, but the team’s medical staff tried to convince them that Wolfe was ready to go just hours after the hit.

That’s when he realized that «they don’t care about us.»

Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe (95) is examined by medical staff after suffering an injury in the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks on August 17, 2013 at CenturyLink Field.  Wolfe was loaded into an ambulance and taken to the hospital.

Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe (95) is examined by medical staff after suffering an injury in the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks on August 17, 2013 at CenturyLink Field. Wolfe was loaded into an ambulance and taken to the hospital. (John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

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The injury also had a side effect: Wolfe had a brainstem bruise, resulting in his brain not receiving fresh blood. Twelve weeks after the initial injury, he had a seizure and was in a coma for 36 hours.

In January, Wolfe killed a cougar that had been «wreaking havoc in a rural neighborhood» with a bow and arrow. He hiked more than 9,600 feet and «nearly died on that mountain.»

Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe (95) is loaded into the ambulance after suffering an injury in the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks on August 17, 2013 at CenturyLink Field.

Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe (95) is loaded into the ambulance after suffering an injury in the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks on August 17, 2013 at CenturyLink Field. (John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

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Wolfe was Denver’s second-round pick (36th overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft and spent eight seasons with the Broncos. He played the 2020 season with the Baltimore Ravens before ending his career.

Recorded 299 tackles and 33 sacks in his nine-year career.