Like many boys growing up, I dreamed of one day becoming a starting quarterback in the National Football League (NFL). It always seemed like they had it all: the money, the girls, the glory. Their lives seemed so perfect. But for some quarterbacks, that glory and fame is short lived and often never lives up to the hype they expected. The quarterback is the most important position for any franchise in the NFL and is often the hardest position to predict future greatness.
All franchises have reached for a quarterback at some point in the draft with hopes that player will be the next franchise quarterback, only to have it backfire and create resentment by the fans. Drafting quarterbacks is like playing with fire for NFL GMs; you draft a good one and you look like a genius, but if you draft a bust, expect to go down with him. Still, each year franchises will continue the never ending search for the next great quarterback and each year more bust could be added to this list.
This list, in particular, looks at each teams biggest quarterback bust in their history. Some of these players really weren’t too bad, but either injuries, off the field issues, or just failure to shine under the brightest lights earned them a spot on this list. Other players on this list were just plain terrible. So, take a look at the biggest QB bust in your franchise’s history and see what they are up to now… if you can do so without cringing.
32. Arizona Cardinals: Matt Leinart – College Football Analyst
When Matt Leinart fell to #10 in the 2006 NFL Draft, then Arizona Cardinals head coach Dennis Green (may he rest in peace) called it “a gift from heaven.” Leinart’s quickly went from “a gift from heaven” to “franchise bust” in his time in Arizona. Whether it was poor play, injuries, or immaturity off the field, Leinart never could become a true NFL starter. He finished his career with 15 touchdowns and 21 interceptions.
Don’t feel too bad for this former Heisman Trophy winner, as Leinart has been able to stay in the football world and the limelight as a college football analyst. He currently works for the Pac-12 Network and uses his former college football experience to provide in depth insight, making him actually pretty good at his new job. Leinart was also recently selected for the College Football Hall-of-Fame class of 2017. Even when he loses, Leinart always wins.
31. Atlanta Falcons: Michael Vick – Flag Football Player
Michael Vick is the biggest bust in Atlanta Falcons quarterback history. I’m sure many of you are judging me for this selection but hear me out before you get all hot and bothered. Michael Vick was an incredibly talented quarterback in his time with the Falcons. He changed the style of the game forever and provided Atlanta with Super Bowl aspirations. But, his off the field transgressions sucked the life out of the franchise and the city for several years (luckily they were able to land Matt Ryan). For that reason, Vick is the biggest bust in Falcons history.
It might surprise you to hear, but Michael Vick is still playing football. He recently competed in a 7-v-7 flag football game for the upstart American Flag Football League. Vick also now runs a combine tour where he travels to different cities and host top high school talent in a combine style workout. He stated recently that his V7 Athletics clothing brand will soon come out of remission as well so look for Vick to stay in the spotlight for marketing purposes.
30. Baltimore Ravens: Kyle Boller – Owner Of Health Bar
Kyle Boller was not a bad NFL quarterback when compared to many of the names on this list, but it doesn’t mean he wasn’t a bust for the Baltimore Ravens. Boller was drafted #19 overall in the 2003 NFL Draft and was immediately expected to be the man in Baltimore. Boller ended up being a good game manager and that’s about it. Injuries and poor play effectively ended his time in Baltimore by 2008.
In 2010, Boller lucked out when he married former Miss California USA beauty pageant star Carrie Prejean. The two remain happily married to this day and are now actually business partners in Boller’s latest venture. They created a new health bar called “PHIVEbar” that seeks to add an all-natural option to the already crowded nutrition industry. I probably won’t try a PHIVEbar anytime soon but if anybody has please let me know how it taste in the comment section.
29. Buffalo Bills: J.P. Losman – Intern At Clemson
The Buffalo Bills are another team that has had a bit of misfortune in their quarterback selections in recent memory (ahem, E.J. Manuel). But J.P. Losman takes the cake here because he had the potential to be a very good quarterback in the NFL, but was just unable to capitalize on his opportunity. A career in Buffalo that started with a lot of excitement came to a silent end in 2008 when the Bills made no effort to re-sign Losman.
After the Bills, Losman bounced around the NFL as a backup quarterback and even played some UFL football, which is just ridiculous. Nowadays, Losman is a coaching intern at the University of Clemson where he hopes to make a name for himself and work his way up the coaching ranks. Clemson is certainly a good place to get noticed given they are a pick to compete for another championship this season.
28. Carolina Panthers: Jimmy Clausen – Flag Football Player
It was tempting now to go with Chris Weinke here, but spending a 4th round pick on a 29-year-old quarterback doesn’t really leave much room for a “bust.” So, that award falls to Jimmy Clausen who was the 2nd round pick for the Carolina Panthers in the 2010 NFL Draft. Clausen was projected to be a Top 10 pick but fell down draft boards due to his uncontrollably cocky demeanor. Clausen started 10 games as a rookie and finished with 3 touchdowns to 9 interceptions. The next draft the Panthers selected Cam Newton with the #1 overall pick and waived Clausen. He is no longer in the NFL.
Although Jimmy Clausen never lived up to the hype that he could be the Carolina Panthers franchise quarterback, but maybe he can become the franchise quarterback in his next venture. Yes, Clausen is also joining the American Flag Football League and competed against Michael Vick in his first game. Clausen could be destined for flag football greatness, however, as his #1 receiver is Terrell Owens. (Note: Is it just me or do a lot of theses busts wear #7?).
27. Chicago Bears: Cade McNown – Senior Managing Director
Coming off of a excellent college career at UCLA, Cade McNown joined Akili Smith, Donovan McNabb and Daunte Culpepper as the top ranked quarterbacks for the 1999 NFL Draft. The Chicago Bears ultimately drafted McNown with the 12th overall pick. McNown would only make 15 starts for the Bears before becoming an NFL journeyman who was out of the league by 2003. Needless to say, McNown is often considered the biggest bust in Bears history.
Although he was a bust in the NFL, McNown has experienced substantial success in the business world since his retirement. McNown started as a financial advisor at UBS Private Wealth Management before taking higher positions at JP Morgan and LourdMurray. Recently, McNown was hired by Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors to be their Senior Managing Director. Hopefully McNown was able to wisely invest the $22 million he received from the Bears.
26. Cincinnati Bengals: Akili Smith – Private Football Trainer
Leading up to the highly touted 1999 NFL Draft, it was reported that the New Orleans Saints were willing to trade the Cincinnati Bengals up to 9 draft picks in order to move up to the Bengals #3 position. The Bengals denied the offer and felt comfortable that selecting Akili Smith at #3 would help revive their stagnant franchise. Well Smith went on to throw only 5 touchdowns, opposed to 13 interceptions and an additional 13 fumbles in his four year career with the Bengals. Oh well, hindsight is 20/20.
So where is this major bust at today? Well after spending several years on the sidelines coaching at the collegiate and high school levels, Smith now runs his own private training company for high school quarterbacks. Smith says he enjoys teaching at the high school level and is happy following his very brief and unsuccessful NFL career. If you’re a young quarterback near San Diego, check out Akili Smith Training (AST).
25. Cleveland Browns: Johnny Manziel – CFL Bound?
This may have been the hardest selection to make on the entire list because the Cleveland Browns franchise seems to always pick a bust at the quarterback position. But one quarterback stood out more than the others and his name is Johnny “Football” Manziel. Manziel was a train wreck of bad decisions, bad publicity, and bad play during his brief stint with the Browns. It led to him being released by the team just two years after being drafted #22 overall.
Since being released from the Browns, Manziel has been in a vicious cycle of come back talks and drug/alcohol related setbacks. At one point, Manziel’s own father stated that his son needed to change his lifestyle or he would be dead within a few years. Now, it appears Manziel may have one more comeback in him as he is close to signing a deal to play for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL).
24. Dallas Cowboys: Quincy Carter – Arena Football Player
It’s hard to peg Quincy Carter as a bust because he actually did some good things during his career, like take the Dallas Cowboys to the playoffs in 2003. But after Carter earned the starting job his rookie season, he was deemed by many to be the heir apparent to the recently retired Cowboy legend Troy Aikman. Unfortunately for Carter and the Cowboys, that never happened and Carter became an unsuccessful NFL journeyman.
After his playing days ended, Carter got caught up in numerous criminal incidents that were followed closely by the Dallas media. More recently, Carter was playing Arena Football for the Corpus Christi Fury but that too was apparently cut short by more legal trouble for Carter. Lastly, in a ironic tweet sent to fellow troubled bust quarterback Johnny Manziel, Carter offered to help the Johnny Football get over his issues and land back in the NFL. Quincy, just worry about helping yourself for now.
23. Denver Broncos: Tim Tebow – Pro Baseball Player
Did anybody really think that Tim Tebow was a franchise caliber quarterback coming out of college at the University of Florida? He did check many of the boxes franchises look for in a starting quarterback: Leader (check); Athletic (check); Outstanding College Career (check). But what Tebow lacked was a trustworthy throwing motion and arm strength required in the NFL. Still Tebow was better than many give him credit for and was able to find ways to win games so you can’t hate too hard on the guy.
Nowadays the nicest guy in sports is still trying to make his way in professional sports, only now he is playing professional baseball for the New York Mets minor league teams. Incredibly, Tebow is holding his own and even participated in the New York Mets professional team’s spring training. It’s unlikely he ever makes the pros but don’t ever count Tebow out in anything he does. Tebow also works as a sports analyst for ESPN’s college football coverage.
22. Detroit Lions: Joey Harrington – Jazz Pianist
After a stellar college career at the University of Oregon, Joey Harrington entered the 2002 NFL Draft as the second highest ranked quarterback behind David Carr (more on him later). The Detroit Lions were in desperate need of a franchise quarterback and selected Harrington with the #3 overall pick. Although he started many games for the Lions, Harrington was unable to bring success to the woebegone franchise. He bounced around the NFL before retiring in 2009.
Harrington moved back to Oregon following his playing days and began creating music, as apparently he is an accomplished jazz pianist. Harrington also does some college football broadcasting jobs as well as works as a reporter for a local news station in Portland. Harrington is genuinely a good guy in real life, but good guys can be bust too. Sorry Joey!
21. Green Bay Packers: Rich Campbell – Newspaper Editor
The Green Bay Packers have historically been good at developing young quarterback talent (a la Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers) but they certainly whiffed when it came to drafting Rich Campbell with the #6 overall pick in the 1981 NFL Draft. In fact, the sting of this pick was so bad that the Packers didn’t draft another quarterback in the first round until they selected Aaron Rodgers in the first round 24 years later. Campbell only threw 68 career passes in the NFL and nine of those were picked off. He was out of the league within 5 years.
It was reported that after Campbell left the NFL, he became a minister on staff at a small church in Little Rock, Arkansas. This isn’t too surprising as Campbell majored in Religious Studies during his time at the University of California, Berkeley. He admitted that the administrative duties of the church began to wear on him so he changed careers and became a newspaper editor. It is believed that Mr. Campbell still remains in the news industry to this day.
20. Houston Texans: David Carr – NFL Analyst
David Carr was all the rave heading into the 2002 NFL Draft after completing an exceptional career at Fresno State. The Houston Texans were a new expansion franchise and were thus awarded the #1 pick in that draft. Carr seemed like the perfect pick to become the Texans first face of the franchise, but sadly Carr became an instant NFL bust. After several years of starting and taking a pounding behind a suspect Texans offensive line, Carr became a career backup before finally retiring.
After retiring, Carr dabbled in high school coaching before being hired by NFL Network to be a football analyst on “Around the NFL” and “NFL Total Access.” Carr is much better in a studio then he was on the field and appears to have found his niche. As an analyst, Carr often has to break down the mechanics of his younger brother Derek Carr, a star for the Oakland Raiders.
19. Indianapolis (Baltimore) Colts: Art Schlichter – Prison
Art Schlichter is not a household name and for good reasons, but back in the early 80’s he was one of the best quarterback prospects in all of college of football. In fact, Schlichter finished his career at Ohio State as the career offensive leader with 85 total touchdowns, an impressive feat. He was selected #4 overall in the 1982 by the Baltimore Colts and looked like a sure fire star. But bad gambling habits led to many length suspensions and ultimately he only played three NFL seasons.
Schlichter’s character flaws continued to compound after his NFL career and came to a head in 2012 when Schlichter was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for a sports ticket scheme that conned millions of dollars out of innocent people. He is currently serving his sentence at Federal Correctional Institution in South Carolina. The earliest possible release date for Schlichter is October 4, 2020.
18. Jacksonville Jaguars: Byron Leftwich – QBs Coach, Arizona Cardinals
Drafted with the #7 overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, Byron Leftwich was viewed as the heir apparent for Mark Brunell and in fact became the starter early into his rookie season. Leftwich was actually pretty good statistically for the Jaguars but wasn’t able to translate it into many wins. After ineffectiveness and injuries, the Jaguars moved on from Leftwich in 2007.
Leftwich went on to play several more years, primarily as a backup and even won a Super Bowl with the Steelers. But his career left much more to be desired given his talent level and physical attributes. Now, Leftwich is making a name for himself in the coaching world. In 2016, the Arizona Cardinals hired Leftwich as a coaching intern. In 2017, the Cardinals made Leftwich the full-time quarterbacks coach and even let him call the offensive plays in the preseason. It’s clear that Bruce Arians is molding Leftwich to become a head coach in the NFL later on his coaching career.
17. Kansas City Chiefs: Todd Blackledge – High School Coach
First off, Todd Blackledge is a great guy and one of the nicest people working in the sports industry today. But Blackledge is also a huge bust and sore spot for the history of the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs took a risk on Blackledge with the #7 overall pick in the legendary 1983 NFL Draft. Although Blackledge was decent at times on the field, he never did enough to justify the Chiefs selecting him ahead of Dan Marino and Jim Kelly in that draft. Can you believe the Chiefs could have had Dan Marino but selected Blackledge instead?
Blackledge remained heavily involved with football as a college football broadcaster for ABC and ESPN, which he continues to do this day. Because he travels so much for his job, Blackledge used his knowledge of different college towns to write a book called “Taste of the Town” a guide to the best eats in many of America’s finest college towns. Lastly, Blackledge is also a dedicated high school basketball coach at Hoover High School in Canton, Ohio.
16. Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff – Current QB
Call me crazy. Call me a pessimist. Call me whatever you want, but don’t blame me for already naming Jared Goff a bust. Goff was the #1 overall pick by the NFL Rams in the 2016 NFL draft and with the #1 pick comes lofty expectations. In his first season, Goff was absolutely terrible. In fact, he was historically bad for rookie quarterbacks. While he has started 2017 on a high note, it will only be a matter of time before Los Angeles fans are calling for Goff’s head.
Obviously Goff is still in the NFL. He has a new head coach with an offensive mindset that could help transform him into a serviceable NFL quarterback but don’t count on it. In fairness, we should give Goff a couple of seasons before writing him off but, quite frankly, I don’t like the Rams or Jared Goff so I’m going say it now. If it looks like a bust and smells like a bust, it’s probably a bust.
15. Los Angeles (San Diego) Chargers: Ryan Leaf – Recovery Program Ambassador
This is by far the easiest selection on this list. The Chargers earned the #2 pick in the 1998 NFL Draft and believed they were in line to get one of two generational quarterback talents; either Peyton Manning or Ryan Leaf. Manning went #1 and had a hall-of-fame career. Leaf went #2 to the Chargers and was out of the NFL by the age of 26. Ouch.
After retiring Leaf remained relatively out of the spotlight for years until he was arrested in 2010 on drug related charges. It later came out that Leaf had fallen to such a dark place in life that he attempted to take his own life by cutting his wrists. After serving jail time and being released in December of 2014, Leaf has been able to live a clean life. He now finds purpose in helping others as a Program Ambassador for a recovery community and as a speaker for NFL rookies.
14. Miami Dolphins: Scott Mitchell – Coach, Podcast Host
This player was not really a bust of a quarterback for his career, but he makes this list because of what he didn’t do for the Miami Dolphins. Scott Mitchell was drafted in the 1990 NFL Draft to be Dan Marino’s backup and possible heir apparent if Marino were to retire. He backed Marino up for three seasons before becoming the starter and failing to produce for two seasons. He was let go by Miami after the 1993 season. He then joined Detroit and played some really good football for the Lions. That is why he is a Dolphins bust.
After his playing career ended in 2001, he became a high school football coach at Springville High School in Utah. He has also started several businesses, as well as a podcast called “Helmets Off” in which he interviews famous football players to allow fans a closer look into their lives. Mitchell also struggled with his weight after his playing career and competed on The Biggest Loser in 2014, ultimately becoming one of the final cuts on the show.
13. Minnesota Vikings: Teddy Bridgewater – Career In Limbo
This selections was difficult and I hope that one day I am wrong about this, but as of today I think it is safe to say that Teddy Bridgewater is the biggest qb bust in Vikings history. This is similar to the Michael Vick selection in the sense that it has nothing to do with on field performance. Bridgewater proved to be a Pro Bowl caliber quarterback in 2015, but the brutal injury he suffered in practice in 2016 could be the end of his career.
As of today, Bridgewater is still on the Minnesota Vikings team but has not been included on the active roster in over a year and will likely miss the entire 2017 season as well. Minnesota has already declined the fifth year of his rookie contract signaling that they are willing to move on after 2017 if necessary. Hopefully Bridgewater can one day regain full health and get a chance to start somewhere, but I’m not going to hold my breath for it. Just a tough break for Teddy.
12. New England Patriots: Tony Eason – Cheering On Son, Jacob
It’s rare for a quarterback who led his team to a Super Bowl appearance to ever be considered a bust, but Tony Eason just might be the guy to do it. Eason was drafted #15 in the legendary quarterback draft of 1983, ahead of Dan Marino even. Eason had success in the NFL and led the Patriots to Super Bowl XX. Unfortunately, Eason was absolutely horrible in that Super Bowl game and failed to even complete a pass before being benched in the second quarter. His performance is often viewed as the worst QB performance in Super Bowl History.
After his playing days were over, Eason dabbled in coaching high school basketball in Sacramento, California. Recently, he has regained some notoriety as the father of Jacob Eason, one of the top highest ranked high school quarterback prospects in the past decade. Jacob Eason is currently the starting quarterback for the University of Georgia. Hopefully he fares better than his father did if he ever gets to play in a Super Bowl.
11. New Orleans Saints: Daniel Wuerffel – Spiritual & Community Development
Believe it or not, the New Orleans Saints don’t really have any true bust quarterbacks in their draft history, so that title unfortunately falls on Danny Wuerffel for purposes of this list. Wuerffel was a stud in college, including winning the 1996 Heisman Trophy. But after joining the NFL ranks, Wuerffel never displayed Heisman Trophy level talent and was thus dumped by the Saints after only three seasons.
Nowadays, Wuerffel works as the Executive Director at Desire Street Ministries, which is a non-profit, religious based organization focusing on spiritual and community development in the greater New Orleans area. Wuerffel has a trophy named after him that is given out each season to the collegiate player who “best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.” The trophy depicts Wuerffel praying in the endzone after scoring one of his touchdowns at the University of Florida.
10. New York Giants: Dave Brown – Managing Director
Because of his outstanding play at Duke, the Giants jumped all over the opportunity of drafting Dave Brown with the #1 pick in the 1992 Supplemental NFL Draft. Because they selected Brown with the pick in the Supplemental Draft, the Giants gave up their first round pick in the 1993 NFL Draft. This is what makes Brown such a bust, the fact the Giants spent a first round selection on him and didn’t really get much in return. Brown was out of New York by 1998.
Fortunately for Brown, he is a very smart guy when it comes to business. After leaving the NFL, Brown has worked in a variety of high profile financial jobs for New York Life Investment Management, Lehman Brothers, and Greenhill’s Private Capital Advisory Group. He is currently a managing director at Moelis & Company in New York. Man those quarterbacks are smart, right?
9. New York Jets: Mark Sanchez – Third Stringer In Chicago
It seems like the New York Jets draft a quarterback high in the draft every single year and yet none of them ever pan out. While Geno Smith was surely a bust for the Jets, he wasn’t drafted #5 overall and thus is not as big of a bust as Mark “The Franchise” Sanchez. Sanchez stormed onto the scene in New York and experienced relative success in his first few seasons. But once the infamous “butt fumble” incident happened, he was doomed. The Jets released the former first round pick in 2014.
Since being released from the Jets, Sanchez has bounced around the NFL playing in Philadelphia, Dallas, Denver, and now with the Chicago Bears. With the Bears, Sanchez is nothing but a glorified third string quarterback behind Mike Glennon and Mitch Trubisky. The end is near for Mark Sanchez and hopefully he see it coming, unlike how he didn’t see the huge butt of his offensive lineman right in front of him during the butt fumble.
8. Oakland Raiders: JaMarcus Russell – Youth Football Coach
JaMarcus Russell is the biggest bust of his generation and it is not even close. Russell was a beast of a man coming out of LSU, standing 6’6″ and weighing close to 260 pounds. Plus Russell was athletic and could launch the ball over 70 yards in the air. Despite his physical attributes, Russell could never master the NFL game and was released by the Raiders after only three seasons. Not very good for the #1 overall pick in his draft class.
After busting out of the NFL, Russell has spent years trying to persuade teams to give him another chance. Last year he was reportedly offering to play for free in order to get a shot at making an NFL team and proving his piss poor work ethic had improved. Now he helps out coaching youth football and enjoys his home in Mobile Bay, Alabama. Whether he ever gets that second chance in the NFL or not, Russell will always be one of the biggest busts of NFL history.
7. Philadelphia Eagles: Bobby Hoying – Real Estate Developer
Bobby Hoying may have been a bust for the Eagles, but the series of events that his “bust-ness” created should hold a special place in the heart of Eagles fans. Hoying was drafted in third round of the 1996 NFL Draft and quickly rose to the starting position in 1997. However, in 1998 Hoying would completely fall apart (did not throw a single touchdown pass) and the Eagles would suffer a 3-13 season. This wretched season led to the firing of Ray Rhodes and the subsequent hiring of Andy Reid. Reid’s first move as head coach was to draft Donovan McNabb and get rid of Hoying. You’re welcome Eagles fans.
After retiring, Hoying partnered with Brett Crawford to create Crawford Hoying, a real estate firm in Ohio. The two have since created a thriving real estate development practice which includes 20 apartment communities and over 1,000,000 sq feet in retail space. Hoying personally oversees the New Development sector of the business. Again, these quarterback guys are pretty smart.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mark Malone – Host, NBC Sports Radio
I debated going with Kordell Stewart here but decided that would not be fair as Kordell provided his talents to the Steelers in many more ways than just as a quarterback. So, Mark Malone it is, despite the fact that he threw for over 10,000 yards in his career. Malone was a first round draft pick out of Arizona State University in 1980 who had some good seasons for the Steelers, but for a franchise rich in championship lore, his efforts were not enough. Malone was traded to the Chargers in 1988 and played only one more NFL season.
Malone became a sports broadcaster after retiring and clearly had a knack for it as he won 4 Emmy awards as a sports director for WBBM-TV in Chicago. He also had stints on NFL Live and NFL Matchup for ESPN. Since 2013, however, Malone has been the lead host of “Under Center,” a NBC Sports Radio show that also features Donovan McNabb. Look for Malone to keep earning awards in the competitive sports broadcasting industry.
5. San Francisco 49ers: Jim Druckenmiller – Sales Executive, MillerCoors
A guy with the last name “Druckenmiller” almost has to be a bust in the NFL, and Jim Druckenmiller proved that to be true. As the 26th pick in the 1997 NFL Draft, Druckenmiller was tabbed as the 49ers quarterback of the future whenever Steve Young were to retire. Unfortunately, he was absolutely god-awful in his NFL performances and showed zero signs of potential to improve. The 49ers gleefully traded him to the Miami Dolphins for a conditional pick in 1999. He was out of the NFL by the year 2000.
After working some day-to-day sales jobs at LexisNexis and ASAP Staffing, Druckenmiller finally found a job title worthy of his last name. Druckenmiller currently works as a Sales Executive for AS Barbaro for MillerCoors Distribution. Yes, DRUCKenmiller, which sounds awfully close to DRUNKenmiller helps expand the market for your dad’s favorite beer brands. Pretty sweet gig actually if you ask me.
4. Seattle Seahawks: Rick Mirer – Founder of Mirror Wines
Rick Mirer left Notre Dame as the school’s all-time leader in career touchdowns (41) and held the second highest total for career passing yards. Because of his success, many experts compared Mirer to another great Notre Dame quarterback, Joe Montana. Obviously, Mirer was no Joe Montana and ended up being one of the biggest bust in NFL history after the Seattle Seahawks selected him with the #2 pick in the 1993 NFL Draft.
During the latter part of his career as a backup in San Francisco, Mirer became interested in wine. As he lived close to wine country, Mirer turned his interest into a business when he became the head Mirror Wine Company in St. Helena, California. Mirror Wines holds a credible spot in the wine industry and you would never guess that it was started by Rick Mirer. So “bust” open a bottle of Mirror Wine Cabernet Sauvignon and reminisce of Mirer’s legendary collegiate performances.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Chris Simms – Notre Dame Analyst
When your father is legendary New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms, the expectations set on you are going to be high. In the case of Chris Simms, he was never able to live up to the lofty expectations associated with his name after being drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003. Due to his play and a life threatening injury, Simms career never truly took off and he was thus out of the NFL by 2009.
After finishing his brief career, Simms returned to the NFL in 2012 as an assistant coach for the New England Patriots. Simms then followed his father career footsteps again when he became a color analyst for college football in 2013. In 2016, it was reported that Simms would join NBC Sports as the analyst for Notre Dame football, along with making special appearances on NBC Sports Radio shows.
2. Tennessee Titans: Vince Young – Cut By CFL Team
Vince Young finished his collegiate career at the University of Texas by winning one of the most dramatic college football championships of all-time. The Tennessee Titans then drafted him with the #3 overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft and planned for Young to be the heir apparent to Steve McNair. He experienced success as a starter for the Titans but then dealt with mental issues later in his career that clearly affected his ability to perform on the field. For that reason, Young makes this bust list.
After retiring in 2014, Young returned to his alma-mater as a development officer in the school’s division of Diversity and Community Engagement. Still, the itch to play football never died in Young and he attempted a comeback as the backup quarterback for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the CFL. However, in what was a nasty pattern for Young in the NFL, he suffered an injury in training camp and was cut before the season began. He still hopes to play in the future.
1. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III – Free Agent
When your team trades four high value draft picks, including three first round picks, for you, you better become the face of the franchise or else you will forever be known as a bust. Unfortunately, that is what happened to Robert Griffin III and the Redskins. The Redskins sold the farm for Griffin and it looked like it would work out when Griffin was named the Rookie of the Year in 2012. But injuries derailed Griffin’s career and the Redskins gave up on him in 2016.
Since being shunned from the NFL, Griffin has mainly made headlines for personal reasons. In 2016, Griffin left his wife shortly before he was spotted dating Estonian Olympian Grete Sadeiko, with whom he is now engaged and raising a child with. Apparently Griffin is still searching for a new NFL contract but has yet to receive any interest from teams. In the meantime, it has been reported that he is spending free time in Estonia and crushing local Estonians in basketball.
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