10 worst career-ending injuries in NFL history

10 worst career-ending injuries in NFL history


The NFL can be brutal. The league makes rule changes annually to protect players, but we still see season-ending injuries nearly every weekend. Sometimes players suffer injuries bad enough to end their careers. Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett nearly died in 2007, and Detroit Lions linebacker and former first-round pick Reggie Brown suffered a scare a decade earlier.

Pro Bowl fullback Mack Strong suffered a potentially life-threatening herniated disk that cut his impressive career short in 2007. Minnesota Vikings lineman Korey Stringer died during training camp in 2001 after suffering heat stroke. Detroit Lions receiver Chuck Hughes – the only NFL player to die on the field – who passed following a heart attack in 1971. 

With another football season around the corner, we take a look back at 10 great NFL players – or players who could have been great if not for the sudden end of their careers – who suffered some of the worst career-ending injuries in history.