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VIDEO: Remembering When Bill Gramatica Tore His ACL Celebrating a First-Quarter Field Goal

Zach Brunner
Remembering when Bill Gramatica tore his ACL celebrating a kick.
Remembering when Bill Gramatica tore his ACL celebrating a kick. / Jamie Squire/Getty Images
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There have been a few injuries in NFL history that have been notable enough to withstand the test of time. The same can be said of celebrations, with some being too good to forget. But on the rarest of occasions, these two things collide, with the most famous instance arguably being with Arizona Cardinals kicker Bill Gramatica.

Was it a game-winning field goal? No. It was not even a late-game kick, as it came in the first quarter. On top of that, the kick was just 42 yards, so it was nothing to celebrate too much about, but that didn't stop Gramatica. He had a great celebratory jump following his kick, but he didn't exactly nail the landing. In fact, the kicker actually tore his ACL during this celebration.

While this injury will forever be famous, what is often forgotten about is that the late, great Pat Tillman actually handled kickoff duties for the team immediately after Gramatica's injury.


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