There are players who plant themselves in the face of danger because they will do anything for a victory. Then, there are players who plant themselves in the face of danger because they feel like doing something really dumb.
Tony Allen has never been a superstar, but if he plays for your team, you appreciate him anyway because he plays with heart and he always gives 110 percent.
Sometimes, though, that could get him in trouble.
Throughout the course of his career, Allen has averaged 8.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 20.8 minutes per game. Every once in a while, he would come up with the big play; similarly, every once in a while, he would do something that left you wondering whether his brain was still intact.
After the ref blows the whistle, it's best to avoid trying to do anything fancy. The play is dead. Nothing counts. Don't try to show off, especially if you're Tony Allen. That's how something like this happens.
During a regular-season game against Indiana in 2007, the whistles had just been blown when Allen decided to go forth anyway, driving to the basket for a dunk. This is a double-whammy: Not only did Allen miss the uncontested dunk, but he came down awkwardly on his knee, and after the game, the team revealed he had torn his ACL.
Best to just quit while you're ahead next time.
In the grand scheme of football players, kickers don't really have to do all that much. Their jobs are all about form and consistency, and on the off chance that they do take a vicious hit, it winds up netting a nice little penalty.
But kickers still have to be careful. They don't want to be the next Bill Gramatica.
Gramatica was the kicker who brought about his own demise in December 2001 when, upon sending a 43-yard attempt through the uprights, he celebrated so hard that he tore his ACL in his plant leg.
No celebration is ever worth that.