Hurts so dumb
(Reprinted from Jan. 22, 2009)
Any of us whose personalities contain at least a drop of decency tend to refrain from laughing at another person’s misfortune.
But sometimes it’s difficult. That’s especially true when the individual involved is some rough-guy jock, whose entire career is built upon the premise of physical superiority in comparison to the geeky fans who worship him.
However, not all maladies are created equal. On-the-job injuries can actually enhance an athlete’s toughness quotient. Case in point: Joe Theismann.
The former Washington Redskins and Notre Dame quarterback often gets bad-rapped because he appears guilty of a bit more self-adoration than is generally considered acceptable. No question, Theismann has a runaway ego, but no one can ever question his grit after the brutal hit once put on him by New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor in a Monday night game many years ago.
Theismann’s leg got bent in a direction a human limb is not designed to go, and the snapping of the bone was allegedly audible. Even the most hardened football fanatics were sickened by the sight and sound, which included Theismann screaming in pain. No one mocked him for that, though, knowing the post-injury reaction likely would have been the same for anyone else put in that position.