Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall claims to have had a pizza-related mishap that ended up injuring his Achilles’ tendon.
Hall reported that he slipped and fell while getting pizza in his kitchen tearing his Achilles’ tendon for the second time this year.
Hall isn’t the first NFL player to succumb to the dangers of pizza, though. Just last year Lions receiver Nate Burleson ended up injuring himself in a car accident when driving home with some pizza. While driving, the player reached over to stop his pizza from sliding off the car seat and in so doing swerved into a median strip. Burleson broke his arm in the process.
The Lions player later joked that he should get a pizza commercial deal from the accident.
Nate Burleson hasn’t lost his humor: “I might as well do a commercial. Pizza so good, it’ll make you crash your car.”
— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) September 27, 2013
But, injuries have been a big problem thus far this season. Mounting injuries have seen NFL teams scrambling to replace stars who have ended up on the injured list, a few for foolish reasons.
Two players have torn ACLs from over exuberant celebratory dances after plays this year. Both Stephen Tulloch (Detroit Lions) and Lamarr Houston (Chicago Bears) injured themselves dancing around after successful plays. Tullock tried to emulate the “Discount Double Check” dance, popularized by Aaron Rodgers in a State Farm Insurance commercial, after sacking Green Bay’s quarterback.
Puppies have also shown to be a hazard this year. Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria injured his ankle chasing a puppy peeing on the floor at his home. Fortunately for the injury plagued Lions, Fauria’s injury isn’t expected to be a season ender.
There have been other such mishaps in the NFL in years past. In 2007, New York Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn lost his season–and some of his hearing–because he stuck a Q-Tip too far into his ear. In 2001, Arizona Cardinals kicker Bill Gramatica also tore an ACL with over exuberant dancing on the field. And in 1997 the Redskins lost quarterback Gus Frerotte when he tried head-butting a padded wall to celebrate a touchdown only to end up seriously spraining his neck.
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