Saddest waste of talent
- 08-11-2005, 05:22 PM
Saddest waste of talent
By this I mean players that had several standout years or seemingly endless potential but injuries derailed their careers not drugs/alcohol, etc
NFL-Gale Sayers, Terrell Davis
NHL-Mario Lemieux(the worst of all), Mike Bossy, Eric Lindros
MLB-Ken Griifey, Jr., but nothing else comes to mind...
NBA-Jayson Williams, Jason Williams(Duke standout), Bobby Hurley
The saddest story is without a doubt Mario Lemieux;the guy was BETTER than Gretzky, but between cancer,back problems,etc he just didnt have thesame impact as 99
- 08-11-2005, 05:34 PM
- 08-11-2005, 05:42 PM
Yeah definitely agree with Ralph Sampson...I could only imagine what it could have been for the Rockets w/ Hakeem
08-11-2005, 06:01 PM
08-11-2005, 06:26 PM
No way is/was Griffey Jr. a waste of talent. He missed two years because of injury, but was the best player in baseball for 10 years. The guy will probably finish with 40 HRs this year on one of the worst teams in baseball.Originally Posted by Grmlock
08-11-2005, 06:27 PM
08-11-2005, 08:24 PM
Bo Jackson was a tremendous loss, the Raiders were wasted by the Bills in AFC title game the following week.
08-11-2005, 09:05 PM
I have to say Bo, but not because of injuries. I think the 2 sport stuff killed his chance at being the best ever in football.
I think had he concentrated, he coulda been the best RB ever. I think if he had concentrated on baseball, he would have been very great.
08-11-2005, 09:17 PM
Barry Sanders gave up way too soon. Imagine if he hadn't retired. I would almost guarantee he would have passed, no obliterated Walter Payton's rushing record and Emmitt Smith would be sitting in a distant 2nd place. One of the most exciting players I have ever watched play the game.
08-11-2005, 09:31 PM
Bo Jackson? How about the guy he ran over. What was his name again? Oh yes, Brian Bosworth. There was a overhyped, talentless ****. He had a nice hair doo though huh.
08-11-2005, 10:18 PM
Billy Sims :
Heisman Trophy winner in 1978…Drafted in the first round by the Detroit Lions in 1980 (first player selected in 1980 draft overall)…A very creative, but strong runner who would move the pile…Rookie season rushed for 1,303 yards and 13 TD’s…Played in three Pro Bowls…Currently ranks second on Lions’ all-time rushing list with 5,106 yards with 1,131 attempts and 42 TD’s…Also a receiving threat, ended his career with 186 catches for 2,072 yards and 47 total TD’s…Major knee injury in the 1984 season ended career abruptly
08-11-2005, 10:22 PM
I heard about him and his great career at Oklahoma as well, never got to watch him but those numbers are pretty impressive. That's like 5 yards per carry.Originally Posted by EEmain
08-11-2005, 10:30 PM
I agree but he has not been the same player since he left Seattle...during that stretch 40 HR would have been modest numbers. He is still one of the greatest players of all-time but he undeniably would have passed Aarons HR record if he had stayed healthy from 2001-2004Originally Posted by DieTrying
08-12-2005, 03:08 AM
08-12-2005, 07:46 AM
08-12-2005, 09:12 AM
Len Bias - Drafted 2nd overall by the Boston Celtics in 86 i think? Died of a cocaine overdose less than 48 hours after he was signed. He was an all american in college and was Atlantic coast confrence player of the year in 85 and 86. Could have been a great while he didnt even get a chance to play 1 game in the NBA...
Thats the first name that comes to mind when i think of a sad waste of talent derailed due to drugs.
08-12-2005, 09:17 AM
08-12-2005, 09:25 AM
Gotta agree with Bo here.Originally Posted by natedogg
Pure amazing talent. Watch him (even though I was sill young), I knew I was watching something of pure greatness.
08-12-2005, 09:25 AM
I was going to say the same thing. I think it's funny how they're saying this kid Crosby who was drafted by the Penguins is the next Gretzky and has yet to play an NHL game. Same goes for the 17 year old Bynum in LA who everyone is touting as baby Shaq.Originally Posted by houseman
08-12-2005, 09:55 AM
Yeah, Bo was fun to watch. What I remember most about him though are those silly "Bo knows" commercials with Bo Diddley and at the end the narrator guy says "Bo knows Diddley". Stupid, I know.Originally Posted by houseman
08-12-2005, 09:59 AM
One of the biggest wastes of talent was Mickey Mantle. Yes, he was great. However, he could have been so much more.
08-12-2005, 10:45 AM
Christian Okoye, The Nigerian Nightmare.....Until Steve Atwater dismantled him.....By the way Natedogg your avatar is cruel....being a Mets fan is by far the most cruel job in sports
08-12-2005, 11:24 AM
That's funny, I was going to mention Christian Okoye next. What, Beltran and Cameron are just embracing. See, Cameron is giving Beltran a kiss on the cheek for good luck.Originally Posted by Giantz11
08-12-2005, 02:19 PM
Take this into consideration...when Gretzky was on the Oilers is when he piled on the majority of his points and on that team were 4 hall of fame skaters and Lemieux had only Ron Francis for a short time and then Jagr for a brief stretch. Until he came back from retirement, Lemieux had the best points per game average in NHL history.Originally Posted by natedogg
08-12-2005, 06:43 PM
Didn't they meet just inside the 10 yd line then not only did Bo run him over, didnt he drag him into the endzone?Originally Posted by natedogg
Someone mentioned Len Bias earlier, how about Reggie Lewis also from the Celtics? He was an all star and was carying the team til he died @ practice.
08-12-2005, 06:56 PM
Depends what 'better' means. Faster, Harder Shot? They are quite a few players that had more skill. Only Lemieux saw the ice like Gretzky, but played in an era of obstruction and grinding hockey. Gretzky definitely played in the open ice era.Originally Posted by houseman
My money would probably be on the 92 Pens over Gretzky's 82 Oilers.
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08-12-2005, 09:18 PM
I've always said we as sports fans were cheated when Bo got hurt. He was an amazeing athlete that would have provided highlight reals out the ass had he not gotten hurt.
Griffey has had a few decent years in Cinci, but they do not stack up to the Junior of old and his attitude was a problem for a while.Throw in a crappy administration and he falls to the wayside. His lifetime average has slipped and we can only hope he returns to true form one last time. Who but true fans knew who Vlad Guerrero was while he was the most underrated player in baseball wasting away in Montreal?
Eric Davis was amazeing until he started getting hurt all the time. He did get injured playing hard, though. Then he got cancer and still came back. His buddy Darryl Straberry was a waste too, but for other reasons.
Chris Spielman was a ferocious linebacker, and known to be a maniac with his workout routine, until his kneck snapped.
Grant Hill also comes to mind. He was supposed to be the next Mike.
Mike Tyson's battle with Downs Syndrome has sure made a mess of his career.
08-13-2005, 11:00 AM
I completely forgot about Grant Hill. Not only was he one of the few Duke players to actually live up to the hype, he was just an overall great player.Originally Posted by BingeAndPurge
08-13-2005, 01:39 PM
Are you serious ? I never knew or heard anything about Iron Mike and downs syndrome.Originally Posted by BingeAndPurge
08-13-2005, 02:58 PM
I know Ken Griffey personally so yeah it is a very sad thing. They knew when he came out of college he was going to be something great and they even predicted he would break the all time home run record a few years into his career. By all means I believe he would have surpassed Hank Aaron had he not gotten hurt. Griffey is a great guy as well, a lot more shy than I thought he would be and not nearly as big as I thought he would be.Originally Posted by Iron Warrior
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