Some Of The Worst Injuries Suffered By Texas NFL Team Players
Last Monday nights game against the Bengals and the Bills saw a horrific moment as Damar Hamlin was hit, fell to the ground and stayed there.
Football is a violent game and injuries, sadly, are par for the course. What happened Monday night though was practically unheard of.
Following what appeared to be an average hit, Damar Hamlin stood up quickly and took a couple of steps before falling to his back suffering from cardiac arrest.
Thankfully, as of today, he is awake and showing great improvement.
Every team in the NFL has seen its share of injuries and one former UTEP player, (then known as Texas Western.), actually died after collapsing during a game.
Late in the 4th quarter, Detroit Lion Chuck Hughes suffered a heart attack in the 1971 game against the Chicago Bears and was pronounced dead about 40 minutes later.
In Texas, where football is practically a religion, football players have certainly seen their share of injuries. Some have been career ending.
Here are a few of the worst cases from the Texas gridiron.
- Michael Irvin, 1999. In a game against Philadelphia, Irvin took a hit that injured his spinal cord. He would be ok but the injury forced him to completely retire from football.
- Dak Prescott, 2021. It was Cowboys and Giants when Dak Prescott broke his ankle. I still remember seeing it happen as well as Dak's foot pointed 45 degrees away from his leg, Ouch. Fortunately, he recovered.
- J. J. Watt, 2017. While playing the Chiefs, Watt suffered a season ending knee injury. He missed most of the 2016 season following back surgery.
Houston Texans (After the fact)
- DeMeco Ryans, 2014. Ryans played for the Texans uneventfully from 2006 - 2012. After being traded to the Eagles, he suffered a career ending Achilles heel injury while playing his former team in Houston. He blamed poor field conditions for his injury and sued both the Texans and the NFL for $10 million.
Texas' football players have suffered many other injuries, these are just the more severe ones.