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Sunday, March 31, onlookers of the nationally televised Elite Eight game between Coach Rick Pitino’s Louisville Cardinals and Coach K’s Duke Blue Devils bared witness to one of the my most gruesome sports injuries of recent memory when sophomore guard and sixth man Kevin Ware snapped his lower right leg in a routine defensive maneuver gone wrong.

Those in attendance immediately went silent, and his teammates and Coach Pitino alike burst into tears at the sight of what happened to their guy and the thought of how the injury could affect the young man’s future. That moment, if no other, reminded us that Ware was just a kid living a dream that may have come to a screeching halt.

The grimace-inducing instance was a betrayal to the holy sanctity of sports; one that happens only so often, but one that happens nonetheless. As we pray for Ware’s speedy recovery, we couldn’t help but to recall other athletes we’ve witnessed experience comparable injuries across the major sports.

A few involved arms, others were leg injuries similar to Ware’s, and some were so gut-wrenching that we relied on memories rather than the footage. Beware if you’re squeamish. See our top 10 most gruesome sports injuries after the jump below.

Photo: ABC News

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