Theismann feels shiver over Ware injury
by Jim Corbett, USA TODAY Sports
A shiver went through Joe Theismann as he sat inside his Loudoun County, Va. home office Sunday, watching the Duke-Louisville NCAA tournament game. The horrific right leg injury suffered by Louisville guard Kevin Ware caused the former Washington Redskins quarterback a nightmarish flashback.
“My world just came to a complete stop, it was just a horrible, horrible thing to see happen — I hate to see anybody have an injury that is anywhere near anything like I went through,” Theismann told USA TODAY Sports. “All of a sudden, it’s, ‘Oh my God!’
“It’s a terrible, terrible to see. My prayers go out to him, my heart goes out to him.
“I know what his family is going through.
“I have every belief that he’s going to be back and better than he was.”
Ware was leaping to defend a three-point shot by Duke guard Tyler Thornton midway through the first half of the NCAA Midwest Region final in Indianapolis. When Ware planted his leg, turned and suffered what looked like a broken bone in his lower right leg, Theismann was transported back to Monday night, Nov. 18, 1985. That was when Theismann, while attempting a flea flicker pass against the New York Giants, was sacked by linebackers Lawrence Taylor and Harry Carson his right leg snapped in similar horrific fashion.
The two-time Pro Bowler’s 12-year NFL career ended that night.
“This was just ugly — a little chill went through me when I see a young man go through an injury like Kevin’s,” Theismann said. “I had an open compound fracture of my lower right leg. Both bones.
“Listening to (CBS broadcaster) Jim Nantz talk, he said that was the worst injury he’s ever seen in basketball.
“I agree. You just don’t expect to see this kind of injury in basketball. Guys get twisted or get caught a little funny and fall. But not like this.”
Theismann watched in disbelief as Ware went down and teammates appeared traumatized. After the game Louisville coach Rick Pitino said that bones had broken through the skin of Ware’s … [For more on Theismann feels shiver over Kevin Ware injury, click here.]