Ed O’Bannon, UCLA (1995)
There was a brief period of time, as a freshman at UCLA, where Ed O’Bannon was told he might never walk properly again, let alone play basketball, after tearing the ACL in his knee during a pickup game. Yet, three years later, O’Bannon was named team MVP of the Bruins, and one season after that, led UCLA to a National Championship win, while earning the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player and John R. Wooden award that season (in 1995). O’Bannon’s knee problems curtailed his NBA career, as he spent most of his professional days overseas. These days, you might recognize O’Bannon’s name as the lead plaintiff in O’Bannon v. NCAA, an antitrust class action lawsuit.