The potential retirement of Saints DT Nick Fairley got me thinking; which players would rank as the top 5 wasted talents of the last 5 years?
Whether it’s through a fault of their own or the result of external circumstances, there are players we look back on and think ‘what if’.
What if Tony Romo had spent his career on a more stable team? What if Junior Galette had some self-control and didn’t miss 2 years in the middle of his prime?
In the case of Nick Fairley, he’s an extremely talented player whose career is hanging in the balance after reasserting himself as a dominant force on the interior D-line. His second chance to live up to his immense potential may have been cut short.
But which players over the last 5 years have had the most talent go to waste? There are players like Joe Thomas. He’s one of the best tackles to ever play the game, and he’s spent 10 excruciating seasons with the Cleveland Browns.
Then there are the Zach Orrs and Chris Borlands of the world. Players who have shone bright on the big stage and then called it quits just as they are starting to peak.
Players like Johnny Manziel and Martavis Bryant also come to mind. But this list will only focus on players who had achieved legitimate star status in the league, only to have that star quickly fade out.
Let’s start with number 5.