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15 Terrible Athletes Who Somehow Made it to the Pros

There have been some terrible athletes that have somehow made it to the pros over the history of American organized sports. Some of these guys were either unfit, got themselves out of shape, performed poorly in college but were somehow drafted anyway and some of these dudes looked like straight up insurance salesman or genetic freaks that had no business being paid to play any sport for any poor fanbase.

That fan base may bemoan that pic on draft day – gathered together within one of America’s premier entertainment halls, a fan base can slowly lose its collective mind because of the consistent drafting of poor players that will disappoint in a way that is extremely clear to the most casual sports fans’ eye. This has often occurred to hilarious degrees and yielded tons of wonderful video clips for other, more successful fan bases to enjoy and mock openly.

Somehow players that have no business even being spectators in the arena WATCHING pros given there’s about 20 other people watching that same event that are in way, way better shape than them, find a way to get out there and suit up. Even more ironic is that some of these guys actually end up becoming good players or they become great managers, GM's or personnel men; they just look like total loafs when they are supposed to be in the best shapes of their lives at 22 or 23.

Here are some stiffs that made it to the pros. Some flamed out – even spectacularly and historically – and some went away without much fanfare. Some of these guys became great players or coaches, even. Let’s take a look at our Top 15.

15 Cherokee Parks

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14 Fred Hoidberg

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13 Vernon Gholston

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12 Ed Lucas

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11 Chris Weinke

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10 Tommy Lasorda

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9 Jack Haley

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8 Robert Swift

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7 Darko Milicic

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6 David Shula

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5 Tom Brady

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4 Mark Madsen

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3 Brian Scalabrine

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2 JaMarcus Russell

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1 Ryan Leaf

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The #1 draft bust of all time. The Colts took Peyton Manning with their #1 overall pick and the Chargers took Ryan Leaf – a dude that loved to party and was a total jerk to boot. He gave such little crap about how he was perceived or how he treated his own body that he flew to Vegas immediately after the draft, partied all night and was visibly hungover and yawning at his post-draft press conference. Ryan Leaf never fails to provide great material for us all.

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