Uche Ndukwe dislocated his shoulder late in the fourth quarter of Princeton's 2021 five-overtime thriller against Harvard,
but he wasn't about to let that stop him from competing in what would be one of the program's most epic games.
"There's no way we're going out like this," Ndukwe remembers of the first Harvard overtime possession, when he willed himself back into the game.
"I wasn't worried about my shoulder. This is the sacrifice that you expect if you want to be a Division I football player."
Ndukwe was not just any player. He was one of the best Ivy League defensive players in the moment that Aaron Shampklin took a second-down handoff inside the Princeton 15.
Ndukwe did the same thing he did all season, beating his lineman and pulling down the Crimson runner for his ninth tackle for loss of the season.
Unfortunately, that play cost Harvard four yards and Princeton one of its best players. Ndukwe went down awkwardly and tore his ACL,
ending an All-Ivy season that never saw a November game. He averaged nearly 1.6 tackles for loss per game that season, which would have lapped the field if he had played enough games to qualify for the final stats.