Kevin Ware's leg injury in the Elite Eight contest between Louisville and Duke will go down in history as one of the most gruesome sights in NCAA tournament history.
The guard went up to contest a three-point shot by Duke's Tyler Thornton and came down awkwardly on his right leg.
The result was an event that silenced the entire stadium and caused grown men to cry. Readers interested in viewing the play can click here. (Warning: The images in the video are graphic and may not be appropriate for all viewers.)
According to Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated, Ware officially broke his leg and was taken to the hospital:
Ware's leg absolutely shattered upon impact, and immediately following his tumble several of his teammates fell to the ground with grief.
Thamel summed up the reaction with this apt comparison:
Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde captured the reaction from Ware's teammates in the minutes following his horrible fall:
Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated chronicled the moment when Ware was wheeled out of the stadium, not shying away from the awful reality of the situation:
Before Ware left the building, he offered a bit of motivation for his teammates, according to Tracy Wolfson of CBS (via Bleacher Report):
Forde received an update from Kenny Klein of Louisville after Ware had reached the hospital:
Ware's injury didn't just affect those who were in the building, either. Many people watching around the country were horrified by the injury and grieving for Ware, his family and his teammates.
High school basketball coach Drew Maddux was one of those:
Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, who covers the NFL and MMA said:
San Francisco Giants fan Tressa Furry compared this injury to one suffered by Buster Posey in 2011:
NFL scout Steven Burkett offered sincere concern and prayers, as did many around the nation:
Finally, from the Howard Stern radio show, TV watcher JD Harmeyer wrote something I'm sure many of us could easily agree about:
Ware will be recovering from his broken leg for some time, but at least he can rest easy. Louisville took over in the second half of its game against Duke, winning in convincing fashion by a score of 85-63.
After the game, Bleacher Report tweeted an image of Chane Behanan donning a Ware jersey:
Another famous athlete who can relate to Ware is Eric LeGrand, a football player from Rutgers who now spends most of his life in a wheelchair. He thoughtfully posted this image:
The young man has a long road back before he can play basketball again, but we eagerly anticipate his potential return in the 2014 NCAA tournament.
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