Celebrations gone awry
Danny Trevathan came up with a big interception on Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and seemingly had a clear path to the endzone for the score. In celebration, Trevathan dropped the ball as he made his way over the goal line... or so he thought. The Broncos linebacker instead dropped the ball on the 1-yard line where the ball was then kicked out of the back of the endzone resulting in a touchback. Luckily for Trevathan, Peyton Manning's 7 TD passes made up for his mistake as Denver cruised to a 47-29 victory over the defending Super Bowl champs. Watch the replay here.
Bill Gramatica tore his ACL after celebrating after kicking a routine 43-yard field goal. The late, great Pat Tillman was forced to fill in after the injury.
In a late season game against the Jazz, Cavaliers guard Ricky Davis was just one rebound away from recording his first career triple-double. Davis took the inbounds pass, drove to the opposing basket, missed a layup on purpose and “grabbed” the rebound. Davis didn’t realize that the rebound would not count.
After hitting a walk-off grand slam, Kendry Morales jumped on home plate in celebration. Upon doing so, Morales broke his lower left leg forcing him to miss the rest of 2010 season as well as all of the following year.
In June of 2012, Matt Cain threw a perfect game, in celebration Aubrey Huff jumped over the railing to meet the pitcher on the mound. Huff misjudged the jump and ultimately sprained his knee and as a result, missed significant time.
After scoring on a 1-yard QB sneak, Gus Frerotte head-butted the endzone wall (it was concrete mind you) and sprained his neck. Frerotte was taken to the hospital and did not return to the game.
Ted Ginn Jr.
In the 2007 BCS National Championship, Ted Ginn Jr. took the opening kickoff to the house. Teammate Roy Hall tackled Ginn in celebration, spraining the return man's left foot and forcing him out for the remainder of the game.
DeSean Jackson is a serial mis-celebrator. In 2008, then-quarterback Donovan McNabb connected with Jackson on a deep pass. As Jackson was about to cross the goal line, he flipped the ball behind him. The play was initially ruled a TD, but the play was challenged and overturned, nullifying the touchdown.
At the 2005 All-American game, Jackson attempted to dive into the endzone from 5-yards away. Of course, Jackson came up short and was down at the 1-yard line.
With Stanford leading Cal, 20-10, Stanford attempted a squib kick to run out the clock. We all know how this ends up with the Stanford band running onto the field in celebration... as the play was still happening. After 5 laterals, the Bears returned the kick to win the game.
(Pictured from left to right, the participants of the 1982 Stanford vs. University of California game, announcer Joe Starkey, Stanford quarterback John Elway, Versus.com host Craig Hummer, receiver Kevin Moen, and trombonist Gary Tyrrell)
In 2010, Wes Helms hit a bases-loaded pinch hit single in the 11th inning to win the game. During his postgame interview, teammate Chris Coghlan came and pied Helms in the face, tearing his MCL in the process.
During Super Bowl XXVII, Leon Lett recovered a fumble and began returning it, seemingly uncontested to the endzone, or at least that's what he thought. Don Beebe of the Bills chased down Lett as he showboated his way to the endzone causing Lett to fumble and turn the ball back over to the Bills. Luckily for Lett, the Cowboys still easily won the game.