Louisville: Joe Theismann's Sympathy Means More Than Most For Kevin Ware

By Ryan Heckman
Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

On Sunday, with about six minutes remaining before halftime during the Louisville Cardinals vs. Duke Blue Devils Elite 8 matchup, Cardinal guard Kevin Ware gave the entire nation a gruesome scare.

As Ware was leaping to defend a 3-point shot, he came down awkwardly on his right leg, clearly and visibly breaking a bone. The disturbing details of the injury are not worth discussing, as they are available on video around the web for those who choose to search for them.

Among many of the reactions the injury caused around the nation, none were more relevant than that of former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann.

Theismann tweeted at the time of the injury, “Watching Duke / Louisville my heart goes out to Kevin Ware.”

USA Today caught up with Theismann further after the injury to ask his thoughts on the matter.

“My world just came to a complete stop, it was just a horrible, horrible thing to see happen — I hate to see anybody have an injury that is anywhere near anything like I went through,” Theismann said. “All of a sudden, it’s, ‘Oh my God!’

“It’s a terrible, terrible to see. My prayers go out to him, my heart goes out to him. I know what his family is going through … I have every belief that he’s going to be back and better than he was.”

Many will remember a similar injury that rocked Theismann and ended his career after being hit by All Pro linebacker Lawrence Taylor on Monday Night Football in 1985.

One of the greatest moments in the world of sports came after the injury as his teammates huddled around one another and began to pray. As Ware was carried off on a stretcher, his teammates were seen gripping his hand in hope that he would be alright.

Louisville went on to win the game and moved into the Final Four. I have a feeling the Cardinals will have much more to play for than a championship come this next week.

Ryan Heckman is a Minnesota Timberwolves writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google

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