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Old 09-01-2011, 07:24 PM   #1
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Where Are They Now?

Interesting article I found:

Weekly Feature: Draft’s Top 50 Busts: Where Are They Now? | LostLettermen.com
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Old 09-01-2011, 07:31 PM   #2
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This guy had the physical ability and the instincts to be very special....but was there more of a head case? Gotta a ton of chances:

Lawrence Phillips, Nebraska, RB (No 6. overall, 1996): After a shortened career due to major character issues, Phillips was arrested and eventually sentenced to 31 years in prison for domestic violence and assault with his car in a bizarre incident in which he tried to run over kids with his car after a pickup football game in Los Angeles
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Old 09-01-2011, 07:34 PM   #3
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Old 09-01-2011, 10:20 PM   #4
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On the subject of Ryan Leaf, he actually was going to attempt an NFL comeback 2 years ago. He had a handful of teams that were interested in him because of his raw physical talent and apparantley his arm strength was still there. I remember one team specifically being the Green Bay Packers. As recent as last September, you'd still hear his name out there about attempting his comeback but I assume his recent battle with illness has probably ended his comeback. He had a brain tumor or something along those lines.

I think he could be a backup. There are guys out there worse than him. And plus he is mature now, which is what he didn't have the last time he was in the NFL..
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Old 09-02-2011, 08:19 AM   #5
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I guess I though it interesting where some of these guys are now and how it gives a snapshot of what happens to NFL players after they leave the game. For example, Derek Brown runs three Quiznos stores; does he have "Glory Days" queued up on his iPod?

A lot of them seem to end up as coaches at their old high school.
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Gotta love Joe Profit - who wouldn't want to do a business deal with Dr. Profit on their side?
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:31 AM   #7
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Hmm, recurring theme: A few of these guys went into the restaurant business...

Either way you slice it, being a first round draft bust isn't too bad of a predicament to find yourself in, as long as you have some semblance of a business sense to get yourself some permanent cash flow.
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:52 AM   #8
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the term "bust" is so unfairly applied to players. In some cases, yes, guys clearly have ability but fail to put it together. But at the same time they didn't draft themselves. To me it's only ok to use the term 'bust' if you apply it equally to teams & players.

Even though it wasn't that long ago, I think teams have come a long way since Ryan Leaf. He's the perfect example of why teams evaluate players' character, life history & IQ. He had everything, except the ability to deal w/all the pressure of expectations. Who knows, he might still be playing had he been a 2nd rounder.
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the term "bust" is so unfairly applied to players. In some cases, yes, guys clearly have ability but fail to put it together. But at the same time they didn't draft themselves. To me it's only ok to use the term 'bust' if you apply it equally to teams & players.

Even though it wasn't that long ago, I think teams have come a long way since Ryan Leaf. He's the perfect example of why teams evaluate players' character, life history & IQ. He had everything, except the ability to deal w/all the pressure of expectations. Who knows, he might still be playing had he been a 2nd rounder.
I see your teams have come a long way and raise you Jamarcus russel. Even with all of the time teams put in, it's difficult to predict how a 21 or 22 year old is going to react to being a millionaire. It's like the stories of how the majority of lottery winners wins up broke. Some of the kids are going to have strong support systems and some, if not most, are going to have people leaching off of them.
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Old 09-02-2011, 12:25 PM   #10
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My own List: Maurice Clarett, Ron Dayne, Danny Wuerffel, Mike Williams (USC WR) Alex Smith, Jamarcus Russell, Brady Quinn,
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Couldnt we make a list of just Redskin busts over the last decade or two???
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:39 PM   #12
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Couldnt we make a list of just Redskin busts over the last decade or two???
I think we'd run into server problems...

Just to name a few -- Bobby Wilson, Andre Johnson, Rod Gardner, Desmond Howard (open to debate, I guess), Heath Shuler (probably all-time Redskin bust - if he pans out, the fortunes of the team for the mid to late 1990's and early 2000's is completely different).
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F... him!! He's in denial and should put his ego aside.

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I'd feel bad for Tiki Barber but I can't feel bad for a loser like him. He's probably just trying to come back because he's broke.
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I'd feel bad for Tiki Barber but I can't feel bad for a loser like him. He's probably just trying to come back because he's broke.
I'll bet that he'll divorce his new fiancee within a mere 3 years of marriage or less.
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