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15 Overhyped Athletes Who Fizzled Out

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Some athletes absolutely dominate the collegiate level only to become nearly non-existent at the professional level. Whether it’s a lack of maturity, talent or use of performance-enhancing drugs, they simply can’t seem to handle the pros. These are the 15 most overhyped athletes who fizzled out during their careers.

15. Matt Leinart

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15. Matt Leinart

Matt Leinart

Quarterback Matt Leinart when from being a superstar at USC and leading the Trojans team to multiple national championships to being a complete bust in the NFL. As the signal caller for the Cardinals, Leinart famously lost the starting job due to poor play. That opened the door for veteran Kurt Warner to lead the Cardinals to the Super Bowl, where they lost to the Steelers. Leinart also played for the Texans, Raiders and Bills.

14. Ron Powlus

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14. Ron Powlus

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In high school, quarterback Ron Powlus was the man. He’s considered one of the most sought after high school football players of all time. At Notre Dame, he set 20 school records while he started in 42 regular season games. Unfortunately, his success never led to the national championship the school hoped. In fact, he never even won a bowl game. He went undrafted and failed to register a quarterback statistic in the NFL.

13. Hasheem Thabeet

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13. Hasheem Thabeet

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As the No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the expectations were high for Hasheem Thabeet. However, it didn’t take long for the Grizzlies to figure out that he didn’t belong in the NBA. After only five months, they demoted him to the D-League in hopes of salvaging their prime draft pick. In 224 career NBA games, he has averaged a measly 2.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per contest.

12. Todd Van Poppel

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12. Todd Van Poppel

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The Athletics were convinced Todd Van Poppel was the next great pitcher, which is why they signed him a to a \$1.2 million contract right out of high school in 1990. The phenom was so revered by the Oakland fans that people would follow him to his hotel after Double-A games to get his autograph. In 359 career MLB games, he was 40-52 with a 5.58 ERA. Clearly, not what the A’s or any of the other teams that took a chance on him expected.

11. Rick DiPietro

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11. Rick DiPietro

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Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro did everything but solidify his No. 1 overall draft pick status. Granted, injuries definitely played a role in his career not panning out as expected, but at the same time, he never was able to become the superstar New York desperately needed.

10. Matt Bush

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10. Matt Bush

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Matt Bush went No. 1 overall in a draft that saw Justin Verlander, Jered Weaver, Billy Butler and Huston Street get taken off the board after him. His outstanding high school career gave the Padres all the confidence in the world to sign him to a deal that gave him a franchise-record \$3.15 million signing bonus. Unfortunately, Bush constantly found himself in legal troubles, which prevented him from reaching the majors.

9. Darko Milicic

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9. Darko Milicic

Darko Milicic

It was going to be nearly impossible for Darko Milicic to have a significant career considering he was selected after LeBron James in the 2003 NBA Draft. However, that shouldn’t be used as an excuse because he was still taken No. 2 overall. Milicic’s career 6.0 points and 4.2 rebounds per game is the sorry tale of the Pistons completely biffing on their draft pick. To make matters worse, the 2003 draft class is one of the most talented ever.

8. Charles Rogers

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8. Charles Rogers

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The Lions selected four wide receivers in the first round in six years, with Charles Rogers being the first of the bunch. The disturbing trend would eventually land them Calvin Johnson, but there would be plenty of misery before that happened. Rogers was loaded with talent in college, but unfortunately, it never transitioned to the next level. After just two seasons, personal and legal issues forced him out of the game.

7. Kwame Brown

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7. Kwame Brown

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Kwame Brown fit the bill of an NBA All-Star, but sometimes being drafted right out of high school simply doesn’t work. Despite having the talent, he could never figure out the professional level, which made him become an incredibly overhyped athlete who fizzled throughout his career. Even though he played in 12 seasons, the former No. 1 overall draft pick never amounted to anything, as evidence of his 6.6 points per game average.

6. Brian Bosworth

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6. Brian Bosworth

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Brian Bosworth was a legend in the making when he played for Oklahoma. The No. 1 overall pick in the 1987 NFL supplemental draft was hardly a blip on the radar in the pros. His biggest accomplishment was signing the biggest rookie contract in NFL history. Unfortunately, his use of steroids and poor attitude made him a walking nightmare. After just three short seasons, he was forced to retire due to a nasty shoulder injury.

5. Ryan Leaf

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5. Ryan Leaf

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One of the biggest busts in NFL history is that of Chargers quarterback Ryan Leaf. The Colts made the awesome decision to draft Peyton Manning No. 1 overall, which left San Diego with Leaf. After 14 touchdowns, 36 picks, a 48.4 completion percentage and a 50.0 quarterback rating in three seasons, it was clear the college football standout was going to amount to nothing in the pros.

4. JaMarcus Russell

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4. JaMarcus Russell

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Speaking of colossal NFL busts, quarterback JaMarcus Russell is a walking embarrassment, which only makes it more funny that the Raiders were the team to draft him No. 1 overall in 2007. Possibly one of the most overhyped athletes of all time, Russell managed 18 touchdowns to 23 interceptions and a 65.2 passer rating in 31 career games before being run out of town. Oh yeah, he also got \$31.5 million guaranteed.

3. Greg Oden

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3. Greg Oden

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Greg Oden is another bust from the year 2007. After just one season at Ohio State, Oden went against his coach’s wishes and entered the NBA draft. The Trail Blazers went against the wishes of their fans and drafted him No. 1 overall, passing up on MVP Kevin Durant. Along with numerous knee surgeries, Oden played in just 105 career games where he averaged 8.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest.

2. Tony Mandarich

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2. Tony Mandarich

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If you’re a Packers fan like me, I am truly sorry. Tony Mandarich’s name can’t be spoken in Green Bay without getting a dirty look. The Packers selected the offensive tackle with the No. 2 overall pick in the 1989 draft. To make matters worse, Hall of Famers Barry Sanders, Derrick Thomas and Deion Sanders went No. 3, 4 and 5 right after him. His use of steroids is the main reason for him being one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history.

1. Tim Tebow

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1. Tim Tebow

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There has never been a more hyped collegiate player than Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. He became a household name and beloved by all. Despite everyone saying he didn’t have the talent to be a starting NFL signal caller, he was selected in the first round and led the Broncos to an improbable playoff victory in his second season. After three seasons, no team was willing to give him a chance, which forced him to find work outside of the NFL.

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