Did people even have a cruciate pre the 00’s. We only seemed to evolve one later. Or as @rockey says, it was probably called something else.
But my original point wasn’t really that we get a lot, it was more that we seem to lose a lot of guys forever through it. With the footballers they all come back in 10 to 12 months, the same or better. But I can think of lots of hurlers who just never seem to come back, or come back as good. Even at the moment we have Boland (Cian) who seems to be carrying an injury for two years now. Likewise, I know what Kelly got was apparently a horrible injury - but he is out for over two years. Going back further, Ronan Fallon as I mentioned above never came back the same and as I said, I don’t think Treacy is quiet the same either.
Having said that, I am willing to concede this could all be just a perception in my head… wouldn’t be the first time!