College Football's Top Five Nastiest Injuries of All Time

Adam WildeContributor ISeptember 3, 2010

College Football's Top Five Nastiest Injuries of All Time

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    Everyone loves to see big hits.

    Football is lauded for the pain and intensity of the game, but then there are those injuries that just make you squirm in your seat a little bit. Then you can't stop but replaying them over and over on TiVo.

    These are college football's top five most disgusting/nastiest/painful injuries.

5. JoePa Breaks Leg

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    On November 4, 2006 Penn State was battling it out with Wisconsin. Apparently the violence in the game wasn't confined to the playing field, and the Big 10 "three yards and a cloud of dust" found its way to JoePa. 

    This injury broke JoePa's leg and injured several knee ligaments, and confined him to the press box the following season while he recovered. This one hurts because it happened to an 80-year-old man who is loved by the college football world.

4. Willis McGahee Blows Knee Out in National Championship

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    This one happened on January 3, 2003. One of the most unforgettable sports injuries of all time came in one of the most exciting games of all time.

    Miami and Ohio State were locked in a battle for the National Championship, and Willis McGahee had already ran for 67 yards and a touchdown in a stellar performance.

    Then early in the fourth quarter tragedy struck. On a screen pass, Willis McGahee was hit in the knee, bending it backwards. This caused him to tear his ACL, MCL, and PCL, all major ligaments. Ohio State went on to defeat Miami in double overtime 31-24.

    McGahee was considered a guaranteed top-five pick up to this point, and he was ultimately picked 23rd overall by the Buffalo Bills. After extensive surgery and rehabilitation he was able to play again.

3. Tyrone Prothro Breaks Leg Against Florida

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    This one is sad because it ended a career. 

    Alabama was playing Florida on October 1, 2005 when Tyrone Prothro went deep. He didn't catch the ball, but did sustain a tibia and fibula fracture. You might remember Tyrone Prothro making this catch against Southern Miss (

    After extensive rehabilitation and many surgeries, Tyrone Prothro was unable to get back into playing shape. Such a sad injury for a great receiver.

2. Blaine Irby Dislocated Knee Against Rice

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    Texas was walloping an overmatched Rice squad on September 20, 2008, when in the third quarter Texas' starting TE Blaine Irby got hit in the knee on a short bootleg. Because of this injury, which was in the third game of the 2008 season, Irby missed the rest of the 2008 season and all of the 2009 season.

    Irby's rehab is complete, but damage to his peroneal nerve is still keeping his foot from functioning correctly. I hope that he has the opportunity to suit up for Texas again, as he was a great TE.

1. DeAndre Brown Breaks His Leg in New Orleans Bowl

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    December 21, 2008. DeAndre Brown was ending his sensational freshman year in the New Orleans Bowl when he experienced the most disgusting sports injury I have ever seen. The 6'6" receiver with 4.4 speed had recorded 67 catches for 1,117 yards and 12 touchdowns up to that point in the season, when he went up for a jump ball with a Troy defender.

    When he came down, he fractured his leg. Injuries like this are already on the list, but what sets this apart is when DeAndre Brown holds his mangled leg in the air displaying the gruesome scene to a national audience. He left the field to Southern Miss fans shouting "DeAndre! DeAndre!" Thankfully he was able to come back 100 percent from the injury, and will be a top draft pick in the upcoming seasons.

    Oh, and Southern Miss hung on to win 30-27.