Injuries are the worst. Injuries gave us Bo Jackson and his unfinished legacy, Kerry Wood's epically frustrating MLB career and Mario Lemieux's continuously interrupted greatness.
A rolled ankle, a knee to the head—whether designed or a fluke, any variety of injury can end a great player's season moments after it began, or worse still, leave the world wondering what could of been after a career cut short.
While not all injury-plagued athletes are necessarily destined for the Hall of Fame, the label offers plenty of room for speculation and scrutiny. Maybe they're "snake bitten", or perhaps just prone to tears, breaks and concussions.
Regardless of the 'why', certain athletes just seem to be on a continuous trajectory toward pain. While some guys manage to have solid careers despite the enormous time dedicated to rehabbing and healing, more often their plight ends up defining their legacy far more than their stats.
Here are some of the most beat up athletes in sports today.