Player safety and the long-term consequences of their injuries has been one of the biggest issues in sports for a while now—particularly in recent months. The Saints 'Bountygate' scandal, concussions in the NHL and NFL and a number of athlete deaths in the last year have all contributed to the discussion.
But that discussion has been focused on the long-term implications of player health. It was a problem that was easily ignored for decades—out of sight, out of mind. We're finally starting to get a better understanding of the consequences of improper treatment of head injuries.
The ramifications of viscous on-the-field hits are something we're more aware of. Seeing an athlete carted off by paramedics is always a poignant moment that is hard to forget. Let's take a look at 25 of the worst career ending injuries in sports.