Top 20 Most Embarassing Off The Field Injuries

Injuries are a way of life in professional sports. Top-tier athletes can be downed for an entire regular season all because of taking a misstep during a sporting event or even during a practice. Then, there are the more gruesome injuries. Fans have been witnesses to broken legs, neck injuries and other serious injuries that have occurred during football, soccer and basketball games. Some of those incidents are still, to this day, downright difficult to watch and one hopefully would not wish such a problem on even the most hated or the most controversial of athletes.

Not every case of an athlete picking up an injury has been an unfortunate occurrence of circumstance or the result of a blatant foul committed by an opposing player. There have, over the years, been numerous times when great athletes, men who are supposed to be physically superior to mere mortals, have been made spectators all because of bizarre and embarrassing off-the-field injuries that they probably would have preferred remain secret. No sport, as you will see, is immune to these odd and humorous tales. National Football League athletes, Major League Baseball players and professional footballers all check in on the list.

A New York Giants defensive end found his name in the headlines in the summer of 2015 because he suffered serious injuries following an accident that could have been avoided. He, believe it or not, was not the only case of a NFL player being involved in such an incident. There is the case of the quarterback who missed games because he was knocked silly by a teammate. Sneezes, spider bites and car rides – yes, car rides – have injured baseball players in the past. Try as athletes do to stay healthy, fate and also stupidity can make such efforts all for naught.

20 C.J. Wilson vs. Fireworks 

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19 Randy Orton vs. Garbage 


18 Sammy Sosa vs. Sneezing 


17 Sandy Alomar Jr. vs. Car Ride 

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16 Jimmie Johnson vs. Golf Cart 

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15 Chase Blackburn vs. Cotton Swab 

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14 Enner Valencia vs. Tea Cup 

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13 Geno Smith vs. Teammate 

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12 Matt Bonner vs. iPhone 

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11 Glenn Healy vs. Bagpipes 

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10 Dave Beasant vs. Jar of Salad Dressing 


9 Brian Giles vs. Spider Bites 


8 Lionel Simmons vs. GameBoy 


7 Joel Zumaya vs. Guitar Hero 


6 Kim Clijsters vs. Dancing 

5 Tommy Moe vs. Bar 


4 Manny Fernandez vs. Hair Care 


3 Marty Cordova vs. Tanning Bed 


2 Rio Ferdinand vs. Coffee Table 

1 Jason Pierre-Paul vs. Fireworks 

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There are multiple aspects to the Jason Pierre-Paul story that baffle the mind. Pierre-Paul was on the verge of becoming one of the highest-paid defensive ends in all of the NFL for at least the 2015 season when he suffered a brutal hand injury following a fireworks accident that occurred on July 4th. The New York Giants were without Pierre-Paul for half of the season and the talented athlete is now set to make only a fraction of what he would have earned had he allowed somebody else to control the fireworks during that summer outing. Whether or not JPP will ever be the same player has yet to be learned.

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Top 20 Most Embarassing Off The Field Injuries