We’re big fans of the NFL Draft here at Goliath and for all the right reasons; we love the showmanship, the drama, and the look on the players’ faces when they’ve been drafted into the league they’ve aspired towards most of their lives. Now, we know that not all of those players will go on to have long and fruitful careers; there’s been many a player drafted into the NFL who failed to live up to expectations. We call those players “busts,” and with NFL season in full swing we’ve decided to take a look back at some of the most disappointing players in NFL history. We’ll look at why they were drafted so highly, who drafted them and why, and what went wrong in their careers to land them a spot on this list.
15. Andre Ware, Quarterback
A promising quarterback with the University of Houston, Andre Ware won both the Heisman Trophy and the Davey O’Brien Award after a junior year that saw him throw for 4,699 yards and 44 touchdowns, setting a total of 26 NCAA records in the process. With such incredible talent, it was no surprise to anyone that he forewent his senior year to enter the NFL Draft in 1990, where he was drafted seventh by the Detroit Lions. During his four-year stint with the Lions he only played in 14 games, six of which he started. He was then bounced around to the Los Angeles Raiders, where he was released after only a few games, and later the Jacksonville Jaguars, who cut him from the just team prior to the start of the regular season. Ware then moved to the CFL, where he played for three teams in three years, before finishing his career with the Berlin Thunder, a NFL Europe team based in Germany. Needless to say, his best days were behind him before he ever entered the NFL.