Knievel: The worst one was a broken pelvis, but the pain after a liver transplant [which Knievel had in 1999] is the worst thing in the world.
SI: What's it like to be in a coma?
Knievel: How the f—- do I know? I was in a coma.
SI: Why did so many people want to see you jump?
Knievel: Sixty percent were fans, and they just wanted to see you. Thirty percent wanted to see a bad accident, but they didn't want to see you die. Ten percent watched just to see you get killed. Those are the sick people on earth.
SI: Do you laugh at wimpy television shows like Fear Factor and Survivor?
Knievel: It takes extreme talent to do some of the things those life riskers do. But why they would do it for the chickens—- money they make is beyond me.
SI: What's the one thing you want people to remember about you when you leave this world?
Knievel: The finest compliment you can pay a man is that his word was as good as gold. That's the only thing I ever want them to say about me.