Athletes Who Speak About Coming Back From Injuries

One of the things we love about sports is an amazing comeback story. Several athletes over the years have fought back from catastrophic injuries to return to the pinnacle of competition. These athletes speak about the courage, determination and hard work that it took to persevere. They are some of the top motivational speakers in sports because they make a special connection with the audience who saw them achieve the impossible. 

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Bethany Hamilton is a professional surfer from the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii.  Having grown up on the North Shore she has been a surfer girl her entire life.  With dreams of one day becoming a...

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Clint Malarchuk spent over a decade in the NHL as a goaltender, suiting up for the Quebec Nordiques, Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres. Malarchuk originally made his debut in 1981. He is best kno...

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Two-time World Champion and three-time Tour de France champion, Greg LeMond is a professional cycling hero.  A native of Lakewood, California, LeMond was the first non-European cyclist to win the Tour...

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Herbert Jackson Youngblood, whom more commonly goes by Jack Youngblood, was an outstanding football player both in college and throughout his time in the National Football League. Youngblood is most r...

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Joe Theismann played his college ball at the University of Notre Dame. In 1971 he was selected in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins and in the 39th round of the MLB Draft by the...

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John Orozco is considered to be one of the top American gymnast in the world right now. He took up gymnastics at the age of eight while living in the Bronx, New York. From the start it was clear to se...

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The iconic images of an 18-year old Kerri Strug landing an impossible vault with an injured ankle to seal a gold medal in the all-around competition for Team USA at the 1996 Olympic Games will forever...

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Kirk Gibson has been a part of Major League Baseball since the 70’s as a player, coach and manager. During his college days he starred at Michigan State University as both a wide receiver for th...

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Rocky Bleier is a former National Football League running back, playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bleier won four Super Bowls in his career with the Steelers. Rocky was drafted in the 1968 NFL Draf...

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Ronnie Lott was a defensive back in American football and is widely considered one of the best to ever play the position. He first played at the University of Southern California where he was a unanim...

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Teddy Bridgewater is the Carolina Panthers quarterback and a testament to the power of overcoming adversity>. A four-star recruit out of high school, Bridgewater committed to the University of Louisvi...

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Chances are that if you are a baseball player, you’ve heard of Tommy John.  Known for the surgery named after him, which repairs the damaged or torn Ulnar Collateral Ligament in the elbow, Tommy John...

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Willis Reed is a Hall of Fame basketball player and was voted one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1997.  Reed was a seven-time All-Star, the 1970 MVP, and won two championships with...