Sorry if this has been brought up before, don't remember ever seeing it.
I was listening the Bishop & Rothman on 97.1 yesterday, they had a guy on from the Dispatch (can't remember his name). But anyways this guy is a writer for the Dispatch and just wrote a behind the scenes book highlighting the 2012 season, the hire of Urban, etc. During his appearance on the radio show, he shared a story he heard regarding John Simon and the Michigan game. It was pretty much a known fact around the team that unless a minor miracle was to happen, Simon was going to miss The Game due to a knee injury. Apparently on the morning of The Game, Simon showed up and like a scene out of Rocky, insisted that a trainer perform a makeshift emergency triage type surgery on his knee. They didn't go into too much detail about the surgery itself, just said it was apparently quite graphic and borderline horror movie-esque. Simon was a guy known for having a legendary pain threshhold, but even for him this was crazy.
I guess Bobby Carpenter was around when all this was happening (if you remember he was injured very early in a game vs UM and had to miss it). Carpenter spoke to Simon and told him that nobody was going to blame him for not being able to play, and that really it was Carpenter's words that gave Simon a little peace on the issue. But I thought it was a really fascinating story to hear, as if I couldn't respect John Simon anymore than I already did. I detest the Baltimore Ravens (Bengals fan) but I hope to God Simon has a prosperous NFL career, dude deserves everything he gets.
And I think the book is called "Buckeye Rebirth." Supposed to be out soon.