Many fans think athletes perfect human specimens who are invincible. But the truth is that they are also incredibly vulnerable. Injuries occur every week in sports, some more frequently than others. Something could happen in a flash to change the course of an elite athlete’s career. Some can bounce back, but not everybody is fortunate in that regard.
So today, we’re going to take a look at 25 sports stars who suffered terrible injuries. These include gruesome broken bones as well as a whole host of torn ligaments. All of these were career-threatening to some degree but in each case, the athlete came back and continued their career. Some were incredibly successful while others were just happy to keep playing even if at a slightly lower level than before. Check out the list below via Men’s Journal.
25. NaVorro Bowman
Everybody loves a good comeback story, and Bowman’s is better than most. The linebacker spent eight seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and one with the Raiders. In his third NFC Championship game, he tore several ligaments in his knee. This was a devastating blow as it ruled him out for the following year. Ligament tears are harder to bounce back from than clean broken legs, so his future was at risk.
But he bounced back with a vengeance. First, he led the NFL in solo tackles with an outstanding 116. This was enough to earn him All-Pro status. The Super Bowl champion showed his fellow athletes that the long road to recovery can make you a more pragmatic and balanced person. It’s not easy but players can get back on the horse if they have the required resilience.