No NFL player has broken both legs in a car accident

Once every few weeks — and, more recently, once per day — a false report emerges of a big-name NFL player breaking both legs in a car accident.

It started, as best we can tell, last year with Falcons receiver Julio Jones.  The situation created enough buzz that the Falcons had to put out word that Jones is fine

Since then, multiple other players have been linked to the phony broke-both-legs story.  We actually wrote a blurb about the phenomenon in March, when Clay Matthews became the latest name attached to the made-up story.  Most recently, it’s been Peyton Manning (for at least the second time), Geno Smith, and Aaron Rodgers, in rapid-fire succession.

Though in the past we’ve resisted sharing the link, we need to do so in order to illustrate that it can be anyone.  All you have to do is change the name and the location in the URL.

From Aaron Rodgers.  To me.  To Carlos Danger.  To Ron Mexico.

It’s all fake.  It’s all phony.  Still, there’s no reason to believe we won’t continue to get emails and tweets asking if other big-name NFL players have broken both legs in a car accident.

Eventually, a big-name player will break both legs in a car accident.  And of course no one will believe it.

19 responses to “No NFL player has broken both legs in a car accident

  1. The quarterback sat for hours in excruciating agony from two broken legs following the collision, but no one believed him and emergency responders laughed off his calls. He finally had to drag himself three miles to the hospital and force his way into the X-ray room. I hope those jokers are happy now.

  2. You do realize that it’s all in the URL, you can put any name in the URL and generate news of that person broke leg, right?

  3. Actually, the hoax started with Ben Roethlisberger, but people were taken in when Ben declared he would not let this minor life-threatening injury keep him off the field.

  4. Shame on any “media” person who rushes to Tweet/ Post/ Blog/ write any of these stories without first checking sources or double checking the story. So many writers are completely obsessed with being first (who really cares?) that the word “journalism” is a foreign concept. Newsflash, you people look like morons.

  5. Is Aaron Rodgers going to use the fake accident story as a “chip on his shoulder” like every other story?

  6. It even says it’s fake at the bottom of the website lmao.

    “FAKE… THIS STORY IS 100% FAKE! this is an entertainment website, and this is a totally fake article based on zero truth and is a complete work of fiction for entertainment purposes! this story was dynamically generated using a generic ‘template’ and is not factual. Any reference to specific individuals has been 100% fabricated by web site visitors who have created fake stories by entering a name into a blank ‘non-specific’ template for the purpose of entertainment. For sub-domain info, name removal requests and additional use restrictions:”

  7. Ray Lewis broke his legs in a car accident three years ago, ya know…. Then the year after….. Then the year after…. And Joe Flacco broke his legs this year by the SAME CAR used in last year’s Ray Lewis article! Coincidence??? I think not! Put these players in bubbles!

  8. You’d think someone from the news source (newspaper or web site) posting this info would have some inkling to ‘check it out’ before you send this info on…kind of like what Herm Edwards had to say “don’t press send” will keep you out of trouble…

    Of course, in this day and age of instant gratification with news stories, journalism overall has fallen back into the stone ages. No one checks their sources, all they care about is being first…

  9. If someone was pulling into their driveway and hit the gas instead of the brake and smashed into their second car….Could you say that they broke both their cars in a leg accident.

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