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''He got that in 1983, and that feel-good story also helped his stock in the NFL Draft.
But Duncan was doomed not to work out from the start.
Before even taking a snap in the NFL, Duncan got locked in a contract dispute with his franchise. He didn’t sign a contract until the season already began. Then, likely because he was not in football shape due to the contract dispute, he suffered an injury his rookie season.
Things never really got better. Getting into the rotation in 1985, he only caught four passes, and then he was released in 1986.'' Duncan died in 2015. This was again at a time like the first entry in Wolf Cardinals were such an awful team to watch years ago, and this pick symbolizes how bad they were picking towards the mid 1st round. - htoutlaws2012
''Impressive enough with his versatility and tenacity, the Cincinnati Bengals selected him No. 17 overall in the '05 NFL Draft and said, since you were uber-successful at defensive end, we'll make you a linebacker. Pollack didn't start until Week 6 but in the final seven regular season games, he began to produce, generating 3.5 quarterback sacks while starting three of the final five games. During the wildcard game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in '05, Pollack posted eight tackles and a quarterback sack.
And before we could watch him progress, the football gods decided Pollack's career would end. In the first quarter during a Week 2 game against the Browns, Pollack collided with running back Reuben Droughns. Pollack laid immobile on the field. Due to the neck injury, Pollack missed the entire '06 and '07 seasons before deciding to retire in April of '08.'' A very unfortunate injury like the last one, but hey his doing college pregames so that's something. - htoutlaws2012
This one is a more less sad story to end a very short lived career. Reggie Brown may have been misused his first year, but when he did get some action he came up with 2.5 sacks, and two picks showing some life until the very last game of the 97' season where Barry Sanders got a career high 2,053 yards, and ended up being MVP. Meanwhile Reggie Brown in the silverdome get a nerve ending injury where he couldn't physically the same ever again. - htoutlaws2012
'' His 30 tackles in 14 games weren’t impressive, but good enough to keep hope alive. Then, when he missed most of 2014 with an injury, people began to worry.
When he got the starting job in 2015, people were feeling good about him being the future of this linebacking core. But, his 14 tackles and two sacks were nothing noteworthy. Last season, after being bounced from the starting four, 30 tackles and a sack. After four years, Pittsburgh couldn’t wait for Jones to continue being mediocre. Maybe he’ll flourish in Arizona, but the Steelers are done with that chapter and have no regrets about pulling the plug on Jones.'' Back to the horrid 2013 1st round choices, and Steelers are another victim of an awful linebacker luckily the next year Ryan Shazier was a play maker, but Jarvis was a very mediocre defensive player overall in Pittsburgh. - htoutlaws2012
A somewhat forgotten Cincy bust kinda like that other guy a few numbers ago. Buck much struggle staying healthy, and only started half of those games in a 3 season lifespan. - htoutlaws2012
''After a 17-day holdout he signed a five-year $2.9 million contract with a $2.3 million signing bonus. In his first practice, he strained a muscle in his gluteal area. He then sustained a rib injury in training camp. He later had two ankle injuries while he played sparingly at running back and mainly returned kickoffs.
The following season he had injuries to his ankle and foot plus a concussion and remained a kickoff returner. In 1998, veteran Gary Brown was brought onboard as depth. In training camp, Wheatley strained the flexor muscle in his right hip. The injury marked the fourth consecutive season he became injured in training camp.
All the while he was a constant distraction as well as being injured. He fell asleep in a team meeting. He was late for the treatment of an injury. He admitted to giving up one season after being benched after five games.'' Wheatley maybe a cancer for the G-Man at the time, but his having a decent bounce back as a coach I'd say. - htoutlaws2012
In his 8 season with the Rams Johnnie Johnson was wild inconsistent. Very forgotten by many, but for somebody in the secondary that could of been much more in the 80's especially when they were the L.A team that they revived today. - htoutlaws2012
''As first round picks go, he was largely a dud. He did manage to make it through four seasons as a Redskin but they were not extremely noteworthy years. He managed 136 tackles and 11 sacks during that time before a back injury caused him to hang up the cleats for good.'' Basically a forgotten Redskins bust in what was one of the worst draft classes ever. - htoutlaws2012
Not that bad of a player but for being selected as the savior of Tampa bay being average was not what the Bucs had in mind thus they had to get rid of him eventually years later found another quarterback in a much different direction. - htoutlaws2012
Mostly hurt in his time with the Cardinals, and the teams suffered for quite a long stretch of time with such atrocious trenches throughout the late 70's, 80's and 90's, and Wolf was another example of that whose the modern equivalent to him Eric Fisher of the Chiefs. - htoutlaws2012
The #17 pick in 2007, he started only 2 games with six sacks in his career. - thomwim