Brought to you by FanDuel: Football season is upon us, Rankers, and with it also comes the knowledge that a season-ending injury could strike your favorite player (or more importantly, your best fantasy player) at any moment. Injuries on the gridiron are very much a part of the game (it's football, not futbol). However, THIS is a list of injuries suffered by players doing literally anything else but playing football. We're talking walking the dog, playing with kids, hanging in the club...these are grown men who can withstand a hit from a 400-pound linebacker but not a romp with a puppy. No joke.
If you think you've seen the worst sports injuries in the history of the game, you might have; but THESE, these are the dumbest sports injuries in the history of the NFL (not to be confused with all the other professional athletes who hurt themselves in stupid ways).*Note* this list does not include injuries suffered on the field while the game wasn't being played. No stupid touchdown dance injuries or freak sideline accidents here (although these guys have found themselves sidelined from plenty of stupid sports injuries like that as well).
- Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BYChase caused significant damage and nearly punctured his eardrum with a cotton swab after being bumped in to by a reporter in the New York Giants locker room in 2007. Though the injury cost him a trip to the hospital it didn't cost him any playing time (just ridicule for his "owie ear boo boo).Was this dumb?
- Video: YouTubeDuring his time with the New York Giants in 2008, Plaxico Burress shot himself in the leg with his own gun tucked into the waist of his pants while at a club. That's correct: a hulking professional football player was so scared of the 5' nothing girls in heels at the club that he felt the need to arm himself with a deadly weapon (that he of-so-securely tucked in). He missed the rest of the season and wouldn't return to the NFL until 2011 (the same year he was released from prison).Was this dumb?
- In October of 2003, during his time with the Jaguars, Hanson was chopping wood with an ax when he lost control and accidentally chopped himself with said instrument of wood destruction. He missed the rest of the 2003 season and hasn't felt safe in the woods since.Was this dumb?
- Photo: user uploaded imageWhile playing for the Denver Broncos, Brian Griese tripped over his dog at his home and twisted his ankle. He missed some practice time but didn't miss any games. No word on whether the dog sustained injuries to his body and/or ego.Was this dumb?