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08:01 AM ET 04.01 | Joe Theismann knows more than he cares to about gruesome leg injuries, a topic that unfortunately had to be revisited on Sunday. A shiver went through [Theismann] as he sat inside his Loudoun County, Va. home office Sunday, watching the Duke-Louisville NCAA tournament game. The horrific right leg injury suffered by Louisville guard Kevin Ware caused the former Washington Redskins quarterback a nightmarish flashback. "My world just came to a complete stop, it was just a horrible, horrible thing to see happen -- I hate to see anybody have an injury that is anywhere near anything like I went through," Theismann told USA TODAY Sports. "All of a sudden, it's, 'Oh my God!' It's a terrible, terrible to see. My prayers go out to him, my heart goes out to him."

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April 1, 2013  08:16 AM ET

Amen to that. Prayers for Mr. Ware, and hopes that he can resume a normal life.

April 1, 2013  08:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Amen to that. Prayers for Mr. Ware, and hopes that he can resume a normal life.

Aye that!

April 1, 2013  08:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Amen to that. Prayers for Mr. Ware, and hopes that he can resume a normal life.

Aye!

April 1, 2013  08:43 AM ET

That may have been the most horrific injury I've ever seen in any sport...

Thoughts and Prayers to that young man.

April 1, 2013  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

That may have been the most horrific injury I've ever seen in any sport...Thoughts and Prayers to that young man.

I haven't seen it yet, and I don't plan to.

Thoughts and prayers to Kevin, indeed.

April 1, 2013  09:10 AM ET

That was truly a shock and a sickening sight, and honestly, it looked a lot worse than a compound break of the tibia. But, as Pitino pointed out, the same injury happened to Michael Bush, a running back, and he recovered and is having a good career in the NFL. So there is reason to be optimistic for Ware.

April 1, 2013  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

That was truly a shock and a sickening sight, and honestly, it looked a lot worse than a compound break of the tibia. But, as Pitino pointed out, the same injury happened to Michael Bush, a running back, and he recovered and is having a good career in the NFL. So there is reason to be optimistic for Ware.

Bones can be pinned and rehab can begin almost immediately. A friend of ours broke her femur (upper leg bone) skiing, and was back on the slopes before the end of the season. And she's like 50 years old. Soft tissue like ligaments take a lot longer to heal.

April 1, 2013  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I haven't seen it yet, and I don't plan to.Thoughts and prayers to Kevin, indeed.

Fortunately, ESPN and the others aren't showing it over and over like they typically do.

April 1, 2013  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Bones can be pinned and rehab can begin almost immediately. A friend of ours broke her femur (upper leg bone) skiing, and was back on the slopes before the end of the season. And she's like 50 years old. Soft tissue like ligaments take a lot longer to heal.

I remember Tyrone Prothro (WR for Bama) broke his that way about 5 years ago, as Little Shula tried to run the clock up on Florida with minutes left in the game....

Sadly, it was the end of his career.

April 1, 2013  09:35 AM ET

And Shot Out To Joe Theismann though!!!

Still looking good!

"Don't let a growing prostate bother YOU baby!!!"

April 1, 2013  09:52 AM ET

Wow what a bad break for young Mr.Ware I just hope that he will recover from the broken leg.I seen alot of bad things when I was an EMT but what I saw was yesterday was one of the worst.My heart goes out to Mr.Ware along with the other players and fans.GOD speed Mr.Ware and get better so we can watch your great play again.

April 1, 2013  10:04 AM ET

The injury is nasty however you look at it, but would seem more appropriate in a football collision. The way it happened is bizarre.

April 1, 2013  10:14 AM ET

Theismann and Secritariat, the standard by which all leg injuries are judged.

April 1, 2013  10:15 AM ET

I felt bad for the horse.

April 1, 2013  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

The injury is nasty however you look at it, but would seem more appropriate in a football collision. The way it happened is bizarre.

April 1, 2013  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Theismann and Secritariat, the standard by which all leg injuries are judged.

Uh... not Secretariat.

April 1, 2013  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Fortunately, ESPN and the others aren't showing it over and over like they typically do.

Unfortunately it's all over YouTube. That's where I saw it and nearly got sick.

April 1, 2013  11:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Unfortunately it's all over YouTube. That's where I saw it and nearly got sick.

I rewound my DVR when I came back in the house and heard about it.

All it took was one look... I changed channels and then back to the game. Removed it from the memory of the DVR.

I don't need to see that again... nor the slo-mo of Sidney Crosby's teeth flying out of his mouth after taking a puck to the chops.

April 1, 2013  11:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Unfortunately it's all over YouTube. That's where I saw it and nearly got sick.

Sadly, when it happened, I wasn't paying attention to Ware, was looking at folks coming up the court. Then they cut to the Duke player with his hand on his face, and I'd thought he'd taken an elbow to the eye, then saw all the Cardinals hit the floor in the key. I saw the first replay and thought it was a knee (a la RG III), and couldn't tell much from the end-zone replay. When I saw it on You Tube after the game, I had the same reaction as Mr. Hipp.

Give credit to the folks on L'ville's sideline for throwing a towel on the injury. Maybe not the most sanitary thing at hand, but it hid it from Mr. Ware, from the 30,000+ folks there, and the millions watching at home.

 
April 1, 2013  12:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Amen to that. Prayers for Mr. Ware, and hopes that he can resume a normal life.

Nicely stated

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