Football players – at the high school, collegiate and professional levels – routinely celebrate touchdown scores in a variety of ways. One popular celebration is known as the “air bump,” where players jump into the air and literally bump bodies.
In a freak injury on Saturday, an “air bump” celebration actually ended Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell’s season during his team’s week one matchup against Clemson. The player, who was congratulating running back Todd Gurley’s 75-yard touchdown, landed awkwardly and tore his ACL.
That’s news no player ever wants to hear.
“What we thought happened did happen…It was confirmed with an MRI today. I can’t imagine him coming back from that [this season],” Georgia coach Mark Richt revealed on Sunday.
Looking at the video, it’s tough to see how the jump tore Mitchell’s ACL – but that’s why they call them freak injuries. Watch the video below:
“This is a terrible way for Mitchell’s season to end, especially with so much expected from him and the Georgia offense this season,” Yahoo! Sports notes.
Oh, and just to add insult to injury (literally in this case), Georgia went on to lose to Clemson 38-35.