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2 Athletes Who Were Permanently Injured Just Before Making It Big

Source: https://www.grunge.com/123128/athletes-permanently-injured-just-making-big/


Professional sports are an absurd means of support. You are an athlete participating in a game with the opportunity to earn millions of dollars. You might achieve international fame and idolatry along the way. If you're among the best, you can rule not only your sport but also popular culture.

You'll be regarded as influential in the same way that corporate leaders, politicians, and celebrities are. You can get your own pair of shoes and a sports drink that has your image! People are interested in your identity and opinions. And boy, do they pay a price for it. Being talented is worthwhile because Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly earned $93 million in 2017.


1. BILL WALTON

Bill Walton was one of the biggest rising talents in basketball back when your parents were still dating. Walton won the title of NCAA Player of the Year at UCLA in 1972, 1973, and 1974. UCLA had a record-breaking winning streak of 88 games during his tenure there.


Unsurprisingly, the Portland Trailblazers selected Walton as the first overall pick in the 1974 NBA draft. He missed several games in that first season due to injuries, including the playoffs. He returned to form and was awarded MVP of the Finals in just two years, but his 1978 season was cut short by a devastating foot injury sustained during the playoffs.


Walton's foot would turn out to be his weak point. Despite winning numerous awards—including NBA MVP in 1978, selection to the All-Star Team in 1977 and 1978—he was never able to overcome a debilitating foot and ankle problem. He admitted to Sports Illustrated that he had had up to 40 orthopedic surgeries over his life to address the issues, and as a result, he lost three seasons in the middle of his NBA career.


Walton's exceptional athletic ability is evidence of his extraordinary skill. There is no telling how much more he could have accomplished if not for his wounds.


2. CHRIS BORLAND

The prevalence of head injuries in the NFL has received a lot of attention lately, and Will Smith even produced a film about it (the one without The Joker). The problem is present, and some of the statistics regarding former professional football players and what they have gone through are very horrible. But very few athletes ever brought the subject up in their prime the way Chris Borland did.


Borland was creating a name for himself as a monster on the field during his debut season with the San Francisco 49ers as a linebacker. He made 18 tackles in the team's second game that he started.


However, Borland unexpectedly announced his retirement at the conclusion of his season. He had already experienced his first concussion as a child and several concussions later in life, so he had no desire in subjecting himself to any additional risk of harm. Borland stated he had no indications of any neurological condition at the time of the announcement, but he also indicated he had no intention of waiting till he did. A reasonable method of living is to be safe rather than sorry.

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