Bradshaw playing in pain with broken bone in foot

TOM CANAVAN AP Sports Writer Published:

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Ahmad Bradshaw is playing in pain and loving every second of it.

The running back has played the last eight games with a broken bone in his right foot, but has been one the catalysts in helping the New York Giants get to the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots.

Bradshaw hasn't put up big numbers, but statistics aren't what he brings to the offense.

The 25-year-old who coaches refer to as a mean junkyard dog brings a toughness that teammates respect. His foot hurts so much during the week that he practices only one day.

When he shows up on game day, though, he's a different player. The pain is blocked out and he bites his lip and runs at, around and through defenses.