Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher’s horrific skiing accident has compelled us to compile a list of sportsmen who picked up serious injuries away from the playing field, but still made a full recovery.
Earlier this year, the 1994 NBA All Star Mookie Blaylock’s vehicle was involved in a head-on collision in Clayton County, Georgia. The former Atlanta Hawks guard was initially placed on life support, but his condition eventually improved, and he is now on his way to recovery.
The 2002 NBA Draft’s second overall pick was destined for greatness until after his first season in the big league. He got seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. Williams’ leg injury was so severe that amputation was being considered at one point. However, he too, made a full recovery and even made his NBA comeback three years later. It didn’t work out though.
In 2003, Indian hockey’s drag-flick expert Jugraj Singh got injured in a major car crash. He was a rising star at the time, but the unfortunate incident stopped him from fulfilling his potential. He did attempt a comeback, but unfortunately, he too failed to reach his former heights.
Another one of Indian hockey’s drag flick masters was involved in freak, off-field injury in 2006. Sandeep Singh was all set to join the Indian national squad for the 2006 World Cup before a stray bullet ruined his plans and left him paralyzed. He spent the next two years on wheel chair but made a full recovery and even went on to become the player he was post-accident.
Cricketer Thilan Samaraweera copped a bullet to his thigh in the infamous terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009 on Pakistani soil. He made a full recovery and was a regular fixture of the Lankan squad until this year.
While the aforementioned sports stars were fortunate enough to make full recoveries, the ones mentioned down below weren’t.
Canadian freestyle skier died following a ski training accident in Utah.
Drazen Petrovic was one of the best European players in the NBA in the early 90s. The 6’5 shooting guard could was at the peak of his career when in 1993, he died in a traffic accident in Polan.
Already disgraced by his involvement in match-fixing scandal, the former South African captain suffered more tragedy when in 2002, the plane he was on board crashed. He died instantly.