Kevin Ware's Leg: Other Cringe-Inducing Sports Injuries (Videos)

Monday, 01 Apr 2013 01:01 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware's gruesome leg break during Sunday's NCAA Tournament game against Duke shocked viewers and brought many of his Cardinals teammates to tears.

Ware's right leg splintered, the bone sticking out from below his knee, when he landed awkwardly after attempting to contest a 3-point shot in the first half of the Elite Eight game in Indianapolis Sunday.

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The injury surely earns a spot on the worst sports injuries of all time list, but here are five other cringe-worthy moments:

Note: The videos below are extremely graphic in nature

1. Joe Theismann

In an injury voted the "Most Shocking Moment in History" by ESPN viewers, Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann suffered a career-ending leg break in 1985 during a game against the New York Giants. Theismann was hit first by linebacker Lawrence Taylor and then buried by two others, causing his leg to twist and the bone to snap.

The compound fracture of the tibia led to insufficient bone growth during Theismann's recovery, leaving his right leg shorter than his left. As a result, the injury forced Theismann into retirement at the age of 36.

Theismann expressed his sympathy for Ware's similar injury on Twitter Sunday night.

2. Michael Bush

Michael Bush also sustained a horrific broken leg in 2006 as an up-and-coming running back during his college season at Louisville. After scoring three touchdowns in the first half of a game against Kentucky, Bush was tackled during a routine rushing play by linebacker Wesley Woodyard, and suffered a severely broken right tibia.

Though Bush's Heisman hopes were shot down, he went on to recover and play for the Oakland Raiders and now the Chicago Bears.

Bush also took to social media to express his support for Ware on Sunday.

"I just cried. I feel so bad. ‪#flashback of myself. Anyone if he needs anything please let me know. ‪#teamware."


3. Allan Ray

During a 2006 Big East Tournament game against Pittsburgh, Villanova senior guard Allan Ray was poked in the eye so hard that it detached from the socket in a truly squeamish moment.

Ray reportedly lost vision temporarily but was able to play less than a week later in the NCAA Tournament.

4. Bryce Florie

In perhaps the worst baseball injury ever, Boston Red Sox pitcher Bryce Florie was hit directly in the face by a line drive off the bat of the New York Yankees player Ryan Thompson in September 2000.

Florie sustained multiple broken bones and serious eye damage, as the hit left his retina almost detached. He made a full recovery and returned to pitch seven games in 2001.

5. János Baranyai

The Hungarian weight lifter dislocated his elbow during the men's 77-kilogram division event during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. While attempting to lift 326 pounds, Baranyai's elbow popped out and his forearm bent backward.

Baranyai returned to competitive weightlifting after a two-year recovery period.

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Related links:

Kevin Ware Leg: Louisville Basketball Star's Injury Sparks Social Media Shock (Video)

Army Ranger Battles Back From Injuries to Be a Hero

US Olympian Runs 200m on Broken Leg

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