Derrick Rose, Rob Gronkowski, and the Rise in ACL Tears - Grantland
Some of this piece had me feeling queasy, I haven't had any major knee injuries, but I've played enough sorts to get a few nasty knee sprains and have seen some nasty stuff up close. Dejuan Blair is insane, gah. The Strange Case of DeJuan Blair
But Adrian Peterson, remarkable as he is, at least had ACLs. DeJuan Blair was already a schoolboy phenom in Pittsburgh when, the summer before ninth grade, he went up for a block and landed awkwardly on a concrete court, hearing the infamous "pop." He had to crawl his way to the sideline, writhing. At the hospital, he was diagnosed with a bone bruise, but when he couldn't walk, he got a second opinion: ACL tear. The Pittsburgh Steelers' team physician performed his surgery. It was just about a year later, during the high school playoffs, that Blair batted the opening tipoff to an opposing player, raced down the court to block his shot, levitated, landed, and felt the pop again, this time in his left knee. He knew immediately. "That one was gone," he remembers. There was another surgery. He was on painkillers for three months and would wake up in the middle of the night crying because he wasn't sure he could make it back again.