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Stephen Tulloch and 15 Athletes Who Injured Themselves Celebrating

Athletes Who Injured Themselves Celebrating
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For various reasons, athletes seem to find themselves in the midst of an embarrassing injury that was ironically caused by celebrating a game-changing play or a big win. The most recent one centers around Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch. Check out how Tulloch and 15 athletes injured themselves while celebrating.

15. Derek Lee

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15. Derek Lee

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In 2009, Chicago Cubs slugger Derek Lee was so overcome with celebration after hitting a game-tying run that he was very active with his teammates in the dugout. Unfortunately, he missed two games with neck spasms after teammate Angel Guzman gave him a celebratory slap on the head.

14. Ryan Dempster

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14. Ryan Dempster

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While a member of the Cubs in 2009, Ryan Dempster broke his toe after his team defeated the Milwaukee Brewers. He did this by failing to successfully jump over the dugout railing. In fact, his left foot caught the ledge and he got slammed into the ground with enough force to break his right big toe.

13. Aubrey Huff

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13. Aubrey Huff

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Aubrey Huff is another victim of a dugout railing. In 2012, he sprained his right knee after he was unable to jump over the railing to celebrate with teammate Matt Cain who tossed a perfect game.

12. Dustan Mohr

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12. Dustan Mohr

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Colorado Rockies outfielder Dustan Mohr strained his calf on Opening Day in 2005 while celebrating teammate Clint Barmes’ two-run home run to win the game. Of course, it occurred while he was trying to get out of the dugout.

11. Thomas Levet

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11. Thomas Levet

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French golfer Thomas Levet celebrated his win at the 2011 French Open by jumping into a lake on the 18th green. It was probably the last time he ever did such a thing considering he fractured his shin, which was painful enough that he couldn’t play in the British Open.

10. Max Scherzer

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10. Max Scherzer

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Starting pitcher Max Scherzer hurt his ankle while celebrating the Detroit Tigers’ AL Central crown. Scherzer was acting crazy in the pile up and someone accidentally stepped on his ankle, which caused it to twist uncomfortably.

9. Lindsey Vonn

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9. Lindsey Vonn

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Lindsey Vonn cut the tendon in her thumb after she grabbed a broken champagne bottle while celebrating her victory at the world championships in 2012.

8. Chris Coghlan

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8. Chris Coghlan

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In 2010, Miami Marlins left fielder Chris Coghlan suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee while trying to give teammate Wes Helms a celebratory shaving cream pie in the face. I have to imagine that’s the last time he tried to do that.

7. Fabian Espindola

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7. Fabian Espindola

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Fabian Espindola missed eight weeks after twisting his ankle while doing his famous celebratory backflip. Unfortunately, the goal he scored against the L.A. Galaxy was called back due to a teammate being ruled offside, which means the injury was for nothing.

6. Kendrys Morales

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6. Kendrys Morales

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And this is why baseball players need to stop jumping high in the air when returning to home plate after hitting a walk-off. Kendrys Morales broke his leg after hitting a walk-off grand slam and then jumping onto home plate instead of just walking across it. The injury required surgery and he was forced to miss the rest of the 2010 MLB season.

5. Rob Johnson

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5. Rob Johnson

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Seriously, baseball players need to stop jumping so enthusiastically after a walk-off. When Ichiro Suzuki hit a home run to give the Seattle Mariners the walk-off win, Rob Johnson couldn’t contain his excitement. After jumping up and down continuously, his left ankle landed in a hole in the batter’s box, which resulted in a severe sprain.

4. Gus Frerotte

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4. Gus Frerotte

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In one of the more bizarre celebratory injuries, Former Washington Redskins quarterback Gus Frerotte was taken to a hospital after he head-butted a wall near the back of the end zone. The celebration was in response to him scoring on a one-yard touchdown run. It was revealed that he had sprained his neck.

3. Paulo Diogo

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3. Paulo Diogo

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Swiss soccer player Paulo Diogo was so excited after he scored a goal in 2004 that he decided he had to celebrate with the fans. Diogo leaped up on the metal perimeter fence and began to cheer with the faithful. Unfortunately, his wedding ring got caught in the fence. When he jumped back down to the pitch half of his finger came off revealing the bone. He was given a yellow card for excessive celebration.

2. Bill Gramatica

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2. Bill Gramatica

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One of the most hilarious self-inflicted injuries in sports history belongs to Bill Gramatica. After kicking a field goal to give the Arizona Cardinals a 3-0 lead in the first game of a 2011 NFL game, Gramatica felt the need to jump wildly in the air in celebration. He tore his ACL once he landed back on the ground.

1. Stephen Tulloch

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1. Stephen Tulloch

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Stephen Tulloch tore his ACL after celebrating a sack on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Adding salt to the wound, he did it while impersonating Rodgers’ championship belt, otherwise known as the “Discount Double-Check.”