If an athlete plays a sport long enough, they are bound to get injured. Fans hear about the major injuries — the broken bones and torn knee ligaments — but athletes suffer dozens of smaller injuries that rarely make headlines.
That includes finger injuries. A lot of finger injuries. While they may be minor enough to play through, they have a major long-term impact. There are no shortage of athletes with hands that look a lot like this.
Pro Football Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz says the finger still hasn't been fixed because "it doesn't hurt." pic.twitter.com/fLavPe3qqo— Mike & Mike (@MikeAndMike) September 7, 2016
Yeah, this is bad too.
Football is apparently not good for fingers.
Basketball isn’t much better.
This is also bad.
A double dose of terrible.
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Marcellus Wiley’s finger bends differently than most, and not in a good way.
Here are a few more bad fingers thanks to sports.
I have some bad injuries from football including a finger but then I look at Chuck Bednarik and I reconsider "bad" pic.twitter.com/fYnizyjlA7— Thomas Goslowski (@TomGozz) March 21, 2015
The man who broke each and every finger.. Hands of wicket keeper David Morrison after 45 years of playing Cricket. pic.twitter.com/pEPiMLadld— Sujan Rao (@sujanrao) October 15, 2015
And of course, there is Ronnie Lott, who had the tip of his pinkie finger amputated to avoid missing games after an injury.