Bo Jackson - Les Paul
Both were bad asses at what they did. Both overcame potential career ending injuries and got back to doing what they do...albeit not at the same level of performance...but they got back to doing it!
Bo Jackson - hard to argue that this man may very well have made the hall of fame in TWO sports! Last I knew he had ran the fastest 40 of all times at the combine....4.1. At age 28 the infamous hip dislocating tackle occurred and Bo was never the same. He did come back to baseball with the White Sox and hit a home run in his first at bat.
Les Paul - In 1948, a near fatal car accident in Oklahoma hospitalised Les Paul for nearly a year. The worst injury was his right arm which had been broken in three places and his elbow totally crushed. Doctors proposed amputating it but in the end it was set into a fixed position at a 90 degree angle towards his belly button which would (hopefully) allow him to strum. It took him nearly 2 years to recover and he had to adapt his playing style to accommodate the fixed position of his right arm. Additionally, Les was plagued by bad health in his elder years including a stroke and heart attack in 1975 as well as having to undergo quintuple-heart bypass operations in 1980. Yet he continued to perform until his passing in 2009.
A naked American man stole my balloons.