Although only one player has ever died during an NFL game (Chuck Hughes in 1971), hits like the one Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette took last week make you wonder “when?” rather than “if?” there will a next one.
The same could be said about the seven high school players who have died on the field this season, including Chicago’s own Andre Smith just a couple of weeks ago.
So it was rather ironic we stumbled across this infographic that shows the chance of dying in various sports and activities.
Notably missing from the list are basketball, baseball, and hockey – which shows just how deadly football is in comparison to the three other major professional sports.
Like the NFL, the MLB and NHL have only had one player die in a game or as a direct result from injuries suffered during a game. Ray Chapman, who was hit in the head by a pitch in a game in 1920, and Bill Masteron, who took a devastating hit on the ice in 1968. For the NBA, the name Reggie Lewis is the one name most associated with tragic on-court deaths. Lewis died during a practice with the Boston Celtics in 1993.
Eventually, the chart goes into transportation, smoking and other ordinary daily activities – which provide an interesting benchmark to gauge the deadliness of football.
The full infographic is on the second page, but we ranked the ten sports/activities with the highest chance of dying for a participant.
Per usual, be sure to ask your mom first before trying these at home.
The 10 Sports & Activities Athletes Have The Highest Chance Of Dying
1) Grand Prix Racing
Odds: 1 in 100
Driving cars really fast in a small area, no surprise here.
2) Hang Gliding
Odds: 1 in 560
Just like Chazz Reinhold told us in “Wedding Crashers.”
3) Motorbike Racing
Odds: 1 in 1000
Less protection than auto racing, but also smaller and less deadly vehicles.
Odds: 1 in 2,200
Pour one out for Apollo Creed.
Odds: 1 in 10,000
By far the biggest surprise on the list. Don’t go white-water canoeing.
6) Scuba Diving
Odds: 1 in 34,400
We have to guess that this is mostly due to oxygen failure. Not sharks.
7) American Football
Odds: 1 in 50,000
Twice as deadly as skydiving, not quite as dangerous as scuba diving. Sounds about right.
Odds: 1 in 101,083
A pretty reassuring number if you’re considering jumping out of a plane in the near future.
Odds: 1 in 140,845
Always wear a helmet.
10) Bungee Jumping
Odds: 1 in 500,000
For whatever reason, this seems way too low.