Bad, Real Bad

No one will ever forget the night Joe Theismann’s leg broke. The shocking — gruesome — injury was broadcast to millions on Monday Night Football and has been replayed countless times since. Theismann never played football again but his injury has had a long-lasting cultural impact. The economics of the game were forever changed — with a new emphasis on protecting quarterbacks, left tackles suddenly became among the highest paid players in the league. Theismann also assumed the curious role of de facto spokesman for injuries in the public spotlight. Luke Mullins compiled the oral history — quotes from players and others at the scene and beyond — of Theismann’s horrific injury and unexpected fallout for The Washingtonian.

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