Clash of the Titans: Dave Grohl vs. Willis Reed
We're all in awe of how Dave Grohl came back from a broken leg to finish a Foo Fighters concert, but how well does his refusal to stop rocking stack up against one of the great dramatic finishes from sports history? We'll decide once and for all in this installment of Clash of the Titans.
As previously reported, the Foo Fighters' June 12 stop in Gothenburg, Sweden, was temporarily derailed when Grohl fell off the stage and broke his leg — but to everyone's delight, he ultimately returned to keep playing while seated in a chair and wearing a temporary cast. As he told the crowd, "I may not be able to walk or run, but I can still play guitar and scream."
Grohl's gutsy comeback reminded us of NBA great Willis Reed, who memorably played through a torn muscle in his right thigh to help his New York Knicks pull out a decisive victory in the 1970 NBA Championship game against the Los Angeles Lakers. "I wanted to play," Reed's quoted as saying. "That was for the championship, the one great moment you play for all your life. I didn't want to have to look at myself in the mirror 20 years later and say I wished I had tried to play."
Of course, Reed couldn't have played on a broken leg — but then, Grohl couldn't have played against Wilt Chamberlain, so we're calling this one a fair fight. Which dramatic comeback gets your vote? Check out footage from both below, and remember: You can vote once an hour for your favorite. This Clash of the Titans will stay open until June 21, 2015, at 11:59PM ET.
Watch Dave Grohl Continue Playing With a Broken Leg
Watch Willis Reed Continue Playing With a Torn Muscle
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