Famous Athletes Who Overcame Major Sports Injuries

NFL Legend, Tom Brady, Wanted To Quit Early In Career After Injuries In 2008, the New England Patriots were expected to make another run at the… Alli Anderson - March 9, 2023
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NFL Legend, Tom Brady, Wanted To Quit Early In Career After Injuries

In 2008, the New England Patriots were expected to make another run at the Super Bowl with star quarterback Tom Brady leading the way. However, in the first game of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs, Brady suffered a serious knee injury that would end his season. The injury occurred when Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard lunged at Brady’s left leg while he was in the pocket, causing his knee to buckle and resulting in a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and MCL (medial collateral ligament). The injury was a devastating blow to the Patriots, who had won three Super Bowls with Brady as their quarterback.

After the injury, Brady underwent surgery and began a long and grueling rehabilitation process. He missed the entire 2008 season, watching from the sidelines as his team struggled to a disappointing 11-5 record and missed the playoffs. Despite the setback, Brady remained determined to return to the field and prove himself once again as one of the NFL’s top quarterbacks. He spent the offseason working tirelessly to rebuild his strength and mobility, and by the time the 2009 season rolled around, he was ready to make his comeback.

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Softball Champ, Monica Abbott, Suffered Devastating Injury At Beijing Olympics

In 2008, Monica Abbott was one of the star pitchers for the U.S. women’s softball team at the Beijing Olympics. However, during the Olympics, Abbott suffered a tear in her labrum – a ring of cartilage in her pitching arm that helps keep the ball in place during throws. The injury was devastating for Abbott, who had been playing softball since she was a child and had dreamed of representing the United States in the Olympics.

After the Olympics, Abbott underwent surgery to repair her labrum and began a long and grueling rehabilitation process. She spent months in physical therapy, gradually working to regain her strength, flexibility, and range of motion. Despite the challenges of recovery, Abbott remained determined to return to the softball field and compete at the highest level. In 2009, Abbott made her comeback, returning to play for the Tennessee Lady Vols in college softball. She quickly regained her form, leading the Lady Vols to a national championship and earning numerous accolades and awards along the way.

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Tennis Player, Maria Sharapova, Struggled To Get Back After Torn Rotator Cuff

Maria Sharapova, a Russian tennis player, suffered from a shoulder injury in 2008 that led to her missing several competitions. Sharapova was diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff in her right shoulder, and her doctors suggested immediate surgery to prevent any further damage. After her surgery, Sharapova spent months rehabilitating and working hard to recover her strength and regain her form.

She returned to the court in 2009 but struggled to get back to her peak level of play. However, her hard work paid off, and in 2012, she won the French Open, her fourth Grand Slam title. In 2014, Sharapova won the French Open again, becoming the first woman since Justine Henin to win the tournament twice in a row. Despite her injury, Sharapova proved her resilience and determination to return to the top of her sport.

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NBA Star, Paul Pierce, Was Brutally Attacked On Night Out, But Came Back On Top

In September 2000, Paul Pierce, then a young NBA star, was enjoying a night out with friends at a Boston nightclub. However, things took a violent turn when he was attacked and stabbed 11 times, including a wound to the lung that nearly took his life. Pierce underwent emergency surgery and was hospitalized for two weeks. Despite the traumatic incident, he was determined to return to the court and resume his career.

Pierce worked hard to regain his strength and mobility, eventually returning to the Celtics lineup for the 2001-2002 season. In the years that followed, Pierce became a Celtics legend, leading the team to an NBA championship in 2008 and earning Finals MVP honors. His determination and resilience in the face of such a horrific incident continue to inspire basketball fans to this day.