14 Months After Gruesome Injury, Seattle Sounders’ Steve Zakuani Makes Emotional Return Against Man Who Injured Him (Video)

zakuani and mullan exchange jerseySteve Zakuani seems like a really positive guy, but even he would probably tell you that April 22, 2011, was the worst day of his life. After all, that’s the day the Seattle Sounders striker had his leg broken in two places by a vicious tackle from Colorado Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan.

If you want to see that nasty tackle, you can do so here. But be warned: it’s not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach (after all, legs aren’t supposed to bend that way).

However, this past Saturday, Zakuani put all that behind him as the Sounders’ fan-favorite made his triumphant return in front of 39,000 screaming fans at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Fittingly, the return came against the Colorado Rapids and the man who broke his leg in the first place.

Now, this is real life, not a Hollywood script, so Zakuani didn’t score the game-winning goal. But it was still a touching scene.

Zakuani entered the game to a thunderous ovation in the 85th minute with the Sounders up 2-1. Then, after the final whistle blew, he and Mullan sought each other out and exchanged jerseys, officially closing the door on their unfortunate past.

Here’s a video showing the end of the game, plus a post-game interview that Zakuani gave to NBC.

How’s that for sportsmanship?

Hat Tip – [Dirty Tackle]

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