There’s an old expression, which could be equally applied to your garden variety sadist or to your kid on the playground. “It’s only funny until someone loses an eye.” Well, today’s topic of bizarre and violent wonder has a lot in common, as we will be looking at some of the painful, brutal, horrible, gasp-inducing or just plain odd ways that people have broken their leg on video. From pro athletes to random morons having a bad day, the internet is more than just a place to surf porn or buy used monkey diapers on ebay. Yep, it is chockfull of broken leg videos, and one might wonder if they are funny until someone breaks a leg. Funny is in the eye (or perhaps the femur, in this case) of the beholder, and we are merely here to curate the videos, not to judge whether or not watching them will desensitize you to the horrible pain that accompanied their making. So, strap on your boots, put on your socks, tie your laces and grab some crutches as we look to find
WHAT ARE THE MOST FAMOUS BROKEN LEG VIDEOS ON THE INTERNET?
It would be hard to discuss this topic without looking at the infamous Joe Theismann video first seen on “Monday Night Football.” This 1985 clip of Washington Redskins’ quarterback Theismann’s career virtually being ended by Lawrence Taylor of the New York Giants has been dubbed “The Hit That No One Who Saw It Can Ever Forget” by The Washington Post, and it’s easy to see why. It was technically considered a comminuted compound fracture, but is more commonly referred to as “Oh man, that’s disgusting.”
While the Theismann clip is inarguably the most famous, many other athletes have broken their legs in front of huge TV audiences. Indiana Pacers’ star Paul George was definitely in pain when he snapped his in this exhibition game.
Whether or not Mixed Martial Arts fighting is a sport along the lines of basketball or football is up to debate, but pain is pain. This nasty MMA clip definitely left the dude in a world of serious hurt. Kids, don’t try this at home.
It’s not surprising that kick boxing is an incredibly violent sport, and whenever you bring the word “kick” into the equation, you’re bound to up the odds of breaking a leg. This nasty clip might make you want to rethink those kick boxing lessons you were going to give your Grandma for Christmas.
THOSE ARE BRUTAL TO WATCH. ARE THERE ANY FUNNY BROKEN LEG VIDEOS OUT THERE?
In this case, “funny” is wildly subjective, but if the victim in each case is a random imbecile doing something asinine, it definitely allows for a wider chance of comedy. This guy is not being paid tons of money to jump and look cool, but rather is being paid nothing to look foolish.
SOCCER PLAYERS ARE A BUNCH OF BIG BABIES, ALWAYS WHINING ABOUT BAD CALLS AND WEARING THOSE STUPID SHORTS. CAN YOU SHOW US THEM GETTING THEIR LEGS BROKEN?
Dude, just because you don’t like their sport or their shorts is no valid reason to wish them serious bodily harm. Then again, we are on the subject of broken legs and the world of soccer is loaded with them. This one might not have earned a penalty kick, but it does earn a place in our hall of fame of leg pain.
Need another? Here’s another fine example of someone playing soccer and ending up flailing in pain. Although if you hate soccer you’d be screaming in agony if you were forced to watch it, believe us when we tell you it’s not nearly as painful as this:
Still don’t have your fill of soccer leg snaps? Here’s another one sure to do the trick. Perhaps these guys would have been better off just playing foosball instead.
IS RUGBY A REAL SPORT OR IS IT JUST AN EXCUSE FOR A BUNCH OF DUDES PRETENDING TO ACT MANLY AND DO SOMETHING THAT NOBODY IN AMERICA WANTS TO WATCH ON TV?
That’s a rather loaded question, but in many countries, rugby is indeed a popular sport. It’s also rather violent, with injuries quite common. This broken leg video of a rugby player having a truly terrible day is a good example.
WHAT ABOUT WATER ACCIDENTS? I AM IN THE MOOD TO SEE IDIOTS BREAK THEIR LEG IN THE WATER. CAN YOU FIND US SOME?
There are lots of those out there, and though it’s not our place to judge why you’d want to see people having such terrible days in the water, we’ll indulge you because we are really nice that way. We can also look on the bright side, as perhaps the readers of this article will all go on to become doctors and be in a position to save lives and mend broken limbs. That’s a better outcome then just a bunch of drunk dudes laughing at unfortunate bozos like this guy:
MOST OF THESE EXAMPLES SO FAR ARE OF ATHLETES. I REALIZE THAT INJURIES ARE PART OF SPORTS, BUT I’D LIKE TO SEE SOMEONE DOING SOMETHING DEMONSTRATING ZERO ATHLETIC SKILL BUT STILL BREAKING THEIR LEG. CAN YOU HELP?
A surprisingly detailed request, but one we can easily fulfill. What exactly this jerk is doing on this adult version of a tricycle is something we may never know, but there’s little doubt he wishes he had thought this one through a little more. Put the training wheels back on, you putz, or stick to your Big Wheel.
I REALLY WANT TO GO SKY DIVING. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?
Sheesh, take your brain pills. Lots of things can go wrong if you jump out of an airplane. Even if your chute opens (and as cartoons have taught us, they often don’t), you risk a tough landing. This landing wasn’t exactly akin to falling into a pile of marshmallows covered in foam and pillows.
ALL THESE BROKEN LEG VIDEOS HAVE ME BOUNCING OFF THE WALLS. SHOULD I BOUNCE OFF ANYTHING ELSE INSTEAD?
That depends what you are trying to accomplish. If you’re trying not to be injured, save your bouncing for maybe a bouncy castle and not a trampoline. The internet is busting at the cyber-seams with clips of people getting hurt, and more than a few videos of bouncers breaking a leg or two. This clip is a fine example of the seemingly harmless activity leading to some major pain.
MAN, ALL THESE CLIPS MAKE ME WANT TO GRAB MY SKATEBOARD AND GET OUT OF HERE. WILL I STILL BE SAFE?
You might be safe, but you might well break your leg trying something stupid on your skateboard. Amazingly enough, this guy actually thought he could pull this off when in fact he had been given the name “world’s worst skater” by no less of an authority than the Pope. He lived to skate another day, but he would have been better off taking this as his cue to get a new hobby.
That dude was a virtual Einstein compared to this guy. Mere words can’t do justice to the amount of stupidity on display here.