RGElectra80 From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 358 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1682 times:
Tim Tebow just announced he's returning to Florida for his Senior year. Projected as a middle-round pick at best in this year's draft, this was probably a good call for him. Honestly, I can't really picture him as a QB in the pros. But it got me thinking: in the last 10-15 years, who are some of the names who dominated on Saturdays but didn't make the pros (or had really short, obscure careers?)
I'm not looking for high-profile 1st round busts, (i.e.: Heath Shuler.) I was thinking more along the lines of Jason White, the Oklahoma QB who won a Heisman in '03 (although his deal was that he had two knee surgeries, one in each knee, while in college and retired during the Titans' training camp in his rookie year,) or Chris Leak, for instance.
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Srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 16888 posts, RR: 51 Reply 1, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1665 times:
Charlie Ward, QB FSU. Won the Heisman in 1993, went undrafted in the 1994 NFL draft due to his statement that unless he was picked in the First Round, he would not play in the NFL. Ended up playing in the NBA from 1994-2005.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12329 posts, RR: 12 Reply 5, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1634 times:
A number of College stars have failed in the pros for a number of reasons, often in combination. Of course injuries from their college and early in their pro careers bumped some out, but many just couldn't make the step up to the pros and often that the game as played at many colleges is just different in style than the pros. Then you have some that didn't have enough disipline in their skills and lives, those that played in soft conferences, went to bad teams or were poorly matched in their style to that of the team that picked them.
To me the players that best succeed tend to come from 'pro-set' playing styles, with well disiplined programs and good coaching, are persons with good self disipline to keep at pro level condition, have good basic intellegence or 'game smarts', end up with teams that are good matches for their playing style or experience and are given proper support by their pro team early in their careers.