NFL Legend Offers Support to Ware after Leg Break

NFL Legend Offers Support to Ware after Leg Break

A Louisville basketball player suffered a horrendous injury Sunday night. Guard Kevin Ware broke his leg in the first half of the Cardinals' Elite Eight win over Duke. NFL legend Joe Theismann, who is no stranger to gruesome leg breaks seen on live TV, called Ware from his Memphis home to offer his support.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - It was hard to stomach. A Louisville basketball player suffered a horrendous injury Sunday night. Guard Kevin Ware broke his leg in the first half of the Cardinals' Elite Eight win over Duke.

NFL legend Joe Theismann, who is no stranger to gruesome leg breaks seen on live TV, called Ware from his Memphis home to offer his support.

If anyone can relate to what the Louisville sophomore is going through, it's former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann.

"It was sickening. I felt so bad for the young man. The hard work you put in to get where they were. Louisville, with a chance to win it all, you think of how disappointing it must be for the young man."

Like Ware, Theismann also suffered a gruesome leg injury. It happened against the New York Giants on Monday Night Football in November of 1985.

"Seeing it for me brought back all those memories of what it was like laying on that field in November at RFK stadium 30 years ago."

In the first half of the Cardinals' 22 point win over Duke, Ware was contesting a three point shot. He jumped to block the shot. When he landed, his right leg snapped and the bone came through the skin.

Theismann says while an injury like that is traumatic, he's confident Ware will recover.

"I was 35 years old too Marcus. It's different from 35 to 20 years old. I guarantee he'll come back and be better than ever."

The NFL legend made sure to call Ware and let him know he believes in him.

"I said if there's anything I can do for you let me know at any time. Give me a call. I said the physical part will be easy it's the mental questions that come up. Once you start practicing, running, making cuts he'll get over it. Another thing Marcus - it's not like an ankle or knee; when you break a leg it heals. You're not gonna break that again. I guarantee it."

Ware underwent surgery Monday. He will be Atlanta with the Cardinals for the Final Four next weekend.

Doctors say he should be back up and playing basketball in six months.

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