When you're a pro athlete, your body is your moneymaker, and you need to protect it at all costs. That means NO cowboy boots, NO Q-tips, and absolutely NO high fives!

Joe Sakic Centre, Colorado Avalanche CRACKED COM Sakic missed three months of the 2008 season after he broke three fingers in some nebulous accident involving a snowblower.

Source: NHL

Ken Griffey Jr. THE KID CRACKED.COM Junior once missed a game because one of his testicles got pinched by his jock strap.

Source: ESPN

Steve Sparks Pitcher, Milwaukee Brewers CRACKED Sparks was actually on the Brewers' farm team at the time, and was expected to make the jump to the big league that season. But just before the season started, inspired by a motivational speaker, he tried to rip a phone book in half

Source: MLB

Charles Barkley The Round Mound of Rebound CRACKED COM The night before the 1994-95 season opener, Barkley was letting loose at an Eric Clapton concert where he rubbed body lotion into his corneas and had to wear eye patches for 12 hours.

Source: NYTimes

Wade Boggs Third baseman, Boston Red Sox At the peak of his career, Boggs fell over while trying to pry off his cowboy boots with his feet, and badly bruised his ribs on the arm of a couch.

Source: ESPN

Nate Burleson Wideout, Detroit Lions NNED CRACKED COM Burleson was struggling to protect some takeout pizza in his passenger seat when he got in a car accident and broke his arm. DiGiorno later gave him a year's worth of free pizza vouchers, SO he wouldn't have to mess with takeout while

Source: SBNation

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