The most depressing sound in sports is the deafening silence that fills a football stadium as a star player writhes on the ground with an injury.
Back-breaking interceptions, blown coverages and busted plays sting in the immediate present because they can change the direction of a game and even a season.
But broken bones and busted knees cut much deeper, altering the foreseeable future for a franchise and a fanbase. (I’m sure it sucks for the injured player as well).
As a longtime 49ers fan I’ve witnessed a host of injuries that caused me palpable pain because of the lasting impact they had on my favorite franchise.
The following is my top six list of the most devastating injuries in recent 49ers history.
Quick disclaimer: I didn’t attempt to go back farther than my memory as a fan (which stretches back to about 1988) because I don’t think you can truly appreciate the pain of a crushing injury unless you are fully immersed in the team at that time.
Though I attempted to use objective analysis based on wins and losses, pain is inherently a subjective emotion, and what stung most for me may have been only a minor annoyance on your pain meter.
What I’m trying to say is I welcome additions via the comment section. After all, group therapy is where the healing begins.