Sport: Football
Injury: Spinal Disc Injury & Lower Back Surgery
Accolades After Injury: 1986 AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year, 1990 Super Bowl MVP, 2x AP NFL MVP

The legendary Joe Montana was already dominating the NFL before he suffered a career-threatening back injury in the first week of the 1986 season. The injury was so gruesome that doctors told Montana that he should consider retirement. Montana responded by coming back two months after the injury and won the 1986 Comeback Player of the Year. He then went on to win a Super Bowl and two league MVPs.