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Top 15 Athletes Who Peaked in High School

They might not love you for this but chances are the fifteen athletes we’re talking about today have never been forgotten by the fans. Not because they were once giants of their sport- All-Stars, icons and HOFers at the professional or major college level. In fact, as you’ll see, the chances are pretty good that these athletes had relatively abysmal careers after their high school glory days were over.

Yep, that even includes the ones who hung around the professional ranks for more than a cup of coffee. In fact, this list particularly includes those ones. As Neil Young once sang, “It’s better to burn out than to fade away.” In some ways that lyric was tailor-made for the humbled heroes of high school whose glory shone all too briefly before crashing and burning in the wreckage of a failed college or pro career. But at least those brave few did fail spectacularly. Some of the names on this list managed to hold onto their slice of notoriety for far too long and all it brought them was grief and the ever-lasting condolences of fans who just won’t let them be forgotten.

Both you and they know why you still remember them now when you would be stumped to name last year’s NBA All-Star squads or the Conn Smythe and Lady Bing award winners from two seasons ago. You remember them because they failed. You remember them because the hype and expectation with which they entered the sports world beyond their high school gym or hockey rink outweighed, overwhelmed and sometimes strangled their talent. You remember them because they were once the best and the brightest and now they’re forever the worst. Whoever said sports weren’t brutal

15 Stefan Moore - Soccer 

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14 Felipe Lopez - Basketball

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13 Tim Couch - Football

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12 Tom McMillen - Basketball

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11 Alexandre Daigle - Hockey

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10 Rick Mount - Basketball

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9 Jeff George - Football

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8 Jon Peters - Baseball

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7 Lloyd Daniels - Basketball

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6 Kristie Phillips - Gymnastics

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5 Marcus Dupree - Football

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4 Todd Van Poppel - Baseball

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3 Maurice Clarett - Football

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2 Freddy Adu - Soccer

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1 Todd Marinovich - Football

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The absolute golden ‘Wonderboy” of HS football recruits, Marinovich was as his high school Sports Illustrated cover called him, “bred” to stardom. He was conditioned and trained by his crazy-intense Dad (a pro player himself) to be the greatest there ever was. And for a while it worked. Todd was an awesome high school player and almost won a Heisman at football factory USC. Then, like all machines put under too much stress, Todd’s machinery stopped working and he fell victim to drug addiction. He never even came close to making it in the NFL.

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