Louisville guard Kevin Ware suffered a gruesome leg injury with 6:33 left in the first half against Duke in a heavyweight NCAA Tournament matchup on Sunday.
Players and coaches were in complete shock, as was the crowd, which remained in stunned silence during the eight minutes of stoppage. NFL players know injuries all too well, and they quickly took to Twitter to send their thoughts and prayers to Ware, his family and teammates.
In his postgame interview, Louisville coach Rick Pitino said Ware's injury was similar to Michael Bush's season-ending injury during a memorable campaign as Louisville's running back in 2006. Bush made a successful comeback and was drafted in the fourth round by the Oakland Raiders in the 2007 NFL Draft. He's now part of the Chicago Bears' backfield.
Wow saying a prayer for that player from Louisville! One of the worst injuries I've ever seenâ Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) March 31, 2013
Prayers up for Kevin Ware, his teammates, & familyâ Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) March 31, 2013
Watching Duke/ Louisville my heart goes out to Kevin Ware.â Joe Theismann (@Theismann7) March 31, 2013
I can't even get myself together. I don't even wanna watch the rest of this game. His life just changeâ Michael Bush (@michaelbush29) March 31, 2013
That had to be the worst sports injury I've ever seen. Truthâ DeionSanders (@DeionSanders) March 31, 2013
Looked exactly like my leg senior year of HS... He'll come back even stronger. #Believeâ Brian Hartline (@brianhartline) March 31, 2013
Wow now I wish I didn't google that videoâ¦ I wish Kevin Ware a speedy recovery #PrayerForWareâ Ronnie S Cameron Jr. (@RonSCameron) March 31, 2013
I didn't even see the injury to Kevin Ware but judging by the tweets my prayers go out to him. Expect it in football but not bball!â Michael Strahan (@michaelstrahan) March 31, 2013
Teammates got to be hurting. He like family to them.â Terrance Ganaway (@RepChrist24) March 31, 2013
Why do they replay injuries?!? Jesus Christ. Praying for that kidâ Jonathan A. Martin (@J_Martin71) March 31, 2013