Sports are incredibly unpredictable. Unfortunately, injuries and accidents happen all the time, and there are incredible examples of amazingly strong and motivated people who managed to make a return despite all chances. Here are the seven finest sports comebacks in history, each of which is so amazing that it needs to be made into a film.
1 Maryland vs. Duke
Duke and Maryland were fierce rivals at the start of the millennium. The two teams were among the finest in college basketball, and they faced in 2001 Final Four. The Dukies shattered their opponents’ will two months before the March Madness match. The score was 90-80 with less than a minute remaining when the second-ranked Blue Devils scored 10 points in 40 seconds. This took the game into overtime, which Duke won 98-96.
2 Josh Hamilton
Josh Hamilton, the first pick in the 1999 MLB Draft, did not play in the Major League until 2007. The cause for this was drug and alcohol misuse, which had ruined one of the most promising young stars’ careers and life in general. Hamilton didn’t play for around three years before making his debut with the Reds. From 2008 through 2012, he was regarded as one of the league’s finest players. The troublesome (in the past) player won the American League MVP in 2010 and was named to five straight All-Star games.
3 Andre Agassi
Andre Agassi was one of the finest tennis players in the world from 1992 through 1996, reaching the world’s No. 1 rating in 1995. He won one US Open, one Wimbledon, and one Australian Open championship. He also won three Davis Cups and a gold medal in the 1996 Olympics. However, things began to shift significantly after that. Agassi admitted to smoking crystal meth in 1997 and went on to suffer the worst season of his career. After giving up drugs and returning to the sport, Agassi went on to have a great career, winning two Grand Slams in 1999 and three Australian Opens from 2000 to 2003.
4 Monica Seles
Monica Seles, like Andre Agassi, was a world-class tennis player in the early 1990s. Seles won three Australian Opens in a run from 1991 to 1993, three French Opens in a row from 1990 to 1992, and two US Opens in a row from 1991 to 1992. These amazing accomplishments earned her eight Grand Slam titles before the age of 20. Seles was violently attacked during a quarterfinal match on April 30, 1993. Seles was unable to play tennis for more than two years as a result of the stabbing. She reached the US Open Final during her second competition after she was back but finally lost to Steffi Graf. Seles, on the other hand, went on to win the Australian Open in 1996, her final Grand Slam title.
5 George Foreman
George Foreman’s first major triumph came in 1973 when he won the Heavyweight Championship, but he left the sport after four years to become an ordained Christian preacher. Then, after a 10-year hiatus, Foreman returned to the ring. After another 7 years, Foreman reclaimed the Heavyweight Championship, becoming him the oldest boxer to do so.
6 Eric Berry
Eric Berry entered the 2014 season with high hopes after making three Pro Bowls in his first four seasons. Berry began to experience acute chest problems after losing to the Raiders in November of the same year. Berry was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma after doctors discovered a lump in his chest. Fortunately, physicians declared Berry cancer-free in 2015, and he returned to the field that year and put in a lot of work. The Chiefs’ standout was named AP Comeback Player of the Year and was also named an All-Pro.
7 Greg LeMond
Before Lance Armstrong came into the picture to dominate cycling, another American was regarded as the finest in the world. Greg LeMond won the World Road Race Championship twice and three Tour de France titles. Unfortunately, LeMond had a catastrophic injury in 1986 and was forced to skip the 1987 event. But, as if that wasn’t horrible enough, the biker nearly perished soon after. During a turkey hunt, his brother-in-law inadvertently shot him in the back. Despite the fact that he still had 35 shotgun rounds in his body, LeMond was able to return to the sport. Surprisingly, he went on to win two Tour de France championships in 1989 and 1990.