1. Jason Kendall, Baseball
Jason Kendall became All-Star catcher several times in the 1990s and 2000s for the Pittsburgh Pirates. While playing in 1999, Kendall attempted to run out a bunt against the Milwaukee Brewers. The landing was so unfortunate at first base, that his ankle gave out. Also, it wasn’t just dislocated; the bone was protruding from Jason’s body.
2. Tony Saunders, Baseball
This was painful to watch. Tony Saunders played as a pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays in the late 90s. In a game vs the Texas Rangers, the sportsman went into his usual delivery. While releasing the ball, Saunders broke a bone in his elbow. While he was recovering the following year, it happened again, this time he broke a bone in the same arm. Sadly, he had to retire then he was 26.
3. Willis McGahee, Football
While studying at the University of Miami, McGahee was considered one of the nation’s best running backs. But in his sophomore year, McGahee got an injury that almost crashed his career. During the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, at one moment he was bent backward on a screen pass. While doing so, the football player tore every important ligament in his knee. He had to go through multiple surgeries, but luckily, he managed to recover, and despite the severe injury McGahee still had a great NFL career.
4. Jusuf Nurkic, Basketball
Jusuf Nurkic was proving to be one of Portland’s greatest players in the 2018-19 season. However, it all collapsed on March 25, 2019. Through a mad multiple-overtime game versus the Brooklyn Nets, Jufus suffered a gruesome leg injury. It led to a compound fracture of his fibula as well as the left tibia. It is still unclear how much the injury is going to impact his future career.
5. Jeremy Lane, Football
Football player Jeremy Lane experienced a terrible case of ‘insult to injury’. When playing in the 2015 Super Bowl, the Seattle Seahawks player (at that time) had to defend the top receiver of New England, Julian Edelman. While he was intercepting a Tom Brady pass, Lane was pulled down by Edelman. As a result, his arm was broken, and he tore his ACL, too.
6. Mark Hominick, MMA
At UFC 129, Mark Hominick from Canada got to fight Jose Aldo, a Brazilian superstar in his hometown, Toronto, surrounded by hopeful fans. Despite this, the fight was won by Aldo. Even though Hominick was admirable in defeat, he got a softball-sized hematoma on his head as a result.
7. Henrik Larsson, Soccer
Just like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrik Larsson can be viewed as the best soccer player from Sweden of all time. He played for many famous clubs (for example, Barcelona, Celtic, Manchester United) before he returned to Scandinavia. In 1999, he totally shattered his leg when he went for a 50-50 ball against Serge Blanc.
8. Evander Holyfield, Boxing
Evander Holyfield’s injury is probably one of the most memorable in all of sports history. In a 1997 fight against Mike Tyson, the enraged superstar bit Holyfield not even once – but twice on his ear. He ripped off a small piece of Holyfield’s ear after which in a sinister fashion, Tyson spit the part of the ear out on the mat.
9. Akil Mitchell, Basketball
A University of Virginia star in the past, Akil Mitchell has played in different countries since college. While he was playing in New Zealand, the basketball player underwent an absolutely horrible injury. Another player accidentally poked him in the eye so badly, that his entire left eyeball came out of the socket. However, it didn’t stop Mitchell from resuming his basketball career a few months later.
10. Andrew Bogut, Basketball
Previously No. 1 Overall pick has surely had a career damaged by multiple injuries. But for Bogut, the worst must be the one he got while playing for the Milwaukee Bucks. The basketball player was hanging on the rim having made a dunk attempt when he was unintentionally pushed in the back by his opponent, Amar’e Stoudemire. After that, Bogut lost balance and fell down landing directly on his arm. This led to him breaking his hand, spraining his wrist, and also dislocating his elbow.
11. Sid Vicious, Wrestling
A professional wrestler in the past, Sid Vicious (his real name is Sidney Eudy) got an extreme injury in WCW. The bulky 6-foot-9 person was tasked to perform a high-flying move from the top of the rope. He wasn’t accustomed to the tricks like that. Due to a vicious turn of events, his tibia and fibula split in two. The doctors had to put a 17-inch steel rod into Vicious’ leg to support it. Even though he eventually recovered and returned to wrestling, this injury changed him forever.