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Joe Theismann Injury - 1985 Definitely not for the faint of heart: Washington Redskins' quarterback Joe Theismann's famous career-ending leg injury. It occurred during a Monday Night Football telecast on November 18, 1985 when a trick play went awry and two New York Giants (Harry Carson and Lawrence Taylor) tackled him in the backfield. Described medically as a "comminuted compound fracture," the play was voted by ESPN viewers as the most memorable injury of all time. (By the way, "comminuted" means "pulverized"--which is a fairly accurate description of the horrible injury.) Theismann, age 36, never played another down in the NFL. His right leg never healed quite properly; it's slightly shorter than his left leg. Frank Gifford, O.J. Simpson and Fran Tarkenton were in the ABC broadcast booth that night.
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Added: 13th September 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2015-09-12 
The only positive part of this clip is the humanity shown by the Giants players to one of their great rivals. Lawrence Taylor was obviously unnerved by what had happened.
Posted by: Cliffy on 2015-09-13 
Oh yeah I remember cringing watching this when it happened!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2015-09-13 
I thought of this incident after seeing Notre Dame's quarterback suffer a similar ankle injury yesterday. His season is over.
Posted by: BigBoy Bob on 2015-09-17 
Ouch!
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