Celebrity Sports Injuries
An ACL is what happens when one tears their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). This often happens to people engaged in sporting activity. It can be especially detrimental to those who have made sports their livelihood and career. That is exactly what happened to Bernard King of the New York Knicks back in 1985.
As reported in Fitwar, at the time, nearly 30 years ago, it ruined him. He did come back some years later to his team and came in third in the NBA scoring in 1990-91 with 28.4 points for each game, but it was never the same. Ultimately it was the ACL which resulted in his early retirement. He had to have further knee surgery to remove his cartilage as well.
Nowadays things are quite different. Rashean Mathis of the Jacksonville Jaguars recently endured the same injury but he’s doing just fine. There are so many more rehabilitative options available for him than there were for King. Thus Mathis is currently working out at his team’s facility. He said, “'I'm not ready to let go of my guys yet - the locker room, the camaraderie we have. That is still a part of me. There will be a day where I wash my hands of it and say, 'The Lord has allowed me to do great things,' but that's not there.” The expectation today is that Mathis will return to football and re-sign with his team even if at some point later on, he moves to a different team. He does plan on going back to professional football though. It seems that his fate will be quite different to that of Bernard King a few decades ago.