When you fork over hard-earned cash to attend a major sporting event, the last thing you want to see are athletes puking in the middle of the field during the game. However, from the athlete’s perspective there is nothing to be ashamed of. Being an elite athlete is hard, and sometimes you have to keep going no matter the conditions. And that means, sometimes, you’re going to hurl. Right there in front of everybody. You might even see barfing as a badge of honor.
Today, we’re going to take a look at 27 notable cases of athletes puking on the field. I think it goes without saying that, if you’re squeamish, this list might not be for you. So here, look at this list of athletes headbutting each other instead.
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Meet American tennis player Christina McHale. She puked her guts out during her first round match at the 2015 Australian Open, continued playing, and won the match. Like a boss.
27. Tennis Player Barfs Up a Win
In 1998, UCLA quarterback Cade McKnown led the Bruins to a 10-2 record, convincing the Bears to take him in the first round of the 1999 draft with the 12th overall pick.
I'd say puking was the secret to Cade's success, but it certainly didn't help him in the NFL. Dude lasted just four years.
26. Cade McNown Pukes His Way Into UCLA Record Books
Don't think the SEC is the toughest conference in college football? This poor Vanderbilt player was puking his guts against Ole Miss in the first game of the 2013 season.
25. The Vandy Puker
This kid wasn't about to let a little nausea keep him out of the game. He just puked, recovered, ran the play, then puked again.
After winning the 2011 London Marathon, Emmanuel Mutai commemorated the occasion with a celebratory barf.
I certainly don't blame him. I would have been barfing after mile two.
22. London Marathon Champ Upchucks at Finish Line
This kid plays for Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, a nationally recognized prep sports powerhouse in Fort Lauderdale. Now we know the secret to their success: work the students till they puke.
21. High School Football Vomit
This one's from 2013. Cowboys tight end Jason Witten apparently ate something that did not agree with him.
20. Witten Pukes in Slo-Mo
A couple years back, Arizona quarterback Matt Scott got drilled in the head during a game against Utah, then puked his guts out. Everyone assumed it was because he had suffered a concussion, and thus Arizona took a lot of heat from the press for leaving Scott in.
However, in hindsight it's possible Matt Scott just has the tendency to puke during games. Look was happened during a 2014 preseason game for Cincinnati:
19. Zona QB Barfs
And speaking of Arizona football players barfing, how about center Scooby Wright? Dude vomited right on the ball, then snapped it to his QB during the 2014 Pac-12 championship game against Oregon.
He was probably sickof getting pounded by the Ducks.
18. Zona Center Barfs
Former Vikings receiver Robert Ferguson was spied spewing chunks into a trash can on the Minnesota sideline by some fans back in 2007.
"Thanks for posting the video on YouTube, guys," Ferguson probably never said.
17. Robert Ferguson Hugs a Trashcan
Here's Matt Ryan vomiting after throwing a touchdown in his Boston College Days. Falcons fans would gladly watch Matt Ryan vomit every single game if it would get them back to the playoffs.
16. Matt Ryan Hurls
He probably ate a McRib.
15. McNabb Loses McLunch
Technically hockey referees aren't athletes. But their bodies don't know the difference. They probably skate as much as the players.
Sometimes, as in the case of Mike Leggo, here, it gets to them.
14. Ref Can’t Hold His Gatorade
I don't know when this is from. I just know the guy in the black trunks is former middleweight amateur boxing champ Art Jimmerson, and that he literally pounds the puke out of his opponent.
13. Art Jimmerson Beats the Puke Out of Opponent
And that was the last deep-fried avocado former Suns coach Alvin Gentry ever ate.
12. Revenge of the Deep-Fried Avocado
Remember Michael Irvin's reality show, 4th and Long, in which random dudes competed for an invitation to the Dallas Cowboys training camp?
No? Well, it only ran for one season back in 2009, which was only 10 episodes. So I'm not surprised. The point here is that Michael Irvin made one of the competitors puke.
11. Michael Irvin Reality Show Vomiter
Yep, Lionel Messi has a barfing mixtape. Because Lionel Messi, greatest soccer player of his generation, pukes before, during, and after games all the time.
10. Messi Compilation
Back in 2011, former Mavericks forward Sean Williams lost his lunch while sitting on the bench. Judging by the reactions of his teammates—and owner Mark Cuban—it was apparently quite pungent.
9. Sean Williams Clears the Mavs Bench
Hey, remember that time Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons puked two times on Monday night football?
Yeah, that was nasty.
8. Lawrence Timmons Doubles Down
And he’s the guy who WON! Kinda makes me never want to try MMA.
7. MMA Fighter Pukes After Fight
What can I say? The title of this slide pretty much wrote itself.
PS, this is the only case I came across of an athlete sticking his fingers down his throat to make himself throw up.
6. Barf It Like Beckham
Tennis legend Peter Sampras had a stomach bug during his quarterfinals match against Alex Corretja at the 1996 US Open. In the fifth set, after running around in the sweltering New York heat fore three hours, the bug got to him. He puked all over the court.
What happened after that? Well, the umpire warned him that if he caused another delay he'd be disqualified. So Sampras was like fine, I won't be sick anymore, and he won the match. And the tournament.
Like I said...legend.
5. Sampras Spews at ’96 US Open
Sampras isn't the only tennis superstar to blow chunks during a match. Novak Djokovic did it during the 2014 French Open Finals.
Of course, his on-court mouthsplosion came during a defeat at the hands of French Open master Rafael Nadal, who makes every opponent want to hurl.