Plaxico Burress is back in the news. In my mind, this is only a good thing—every time I hear about him, I start laughing. Come on!! The guy shot himself in the leg because he stuffed a gun down his pants. I am not laughing at the injury itself, I am laughing at the stupidity Burress demonstrated that caused the injury.
This got me thinking about other injuries that were caused entirely by poor decision-making on the part of athletes. These athletes make millions of dollars on their bodies, their livelihood is based on the fact that they are bigger, faster, and stronger than the rest of us. They should know better than to do things such as, say, keeping a gun in the waistband of a pair of sweat pants.
But frequently, they do not know better. They may be bigger, faster, and stronger than the rest of us, but they usually are not smarter. That said, here are my top ten stupidest injuries in sports history.