Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

28 Jun 2011

ESPN: 10 Most Disappointing Oversights

Today's entry in the ESPN "10 Most Disappointing" series looks at frustrating examples of teams giving up early on players (and one coach) who went on to huge success with other teams.

Posted by: Brian McIntyre on 28 Jun 2011

14 comments, Last at 13 Sep 2011, 4:35pm by Josh0364


by puckfig (not verified) :: Tue, 06/28/2011 - 9:58pm

guys that like detailed football analysis tend not to care about gucci...

id put james harrison on this list, he was cut so many times he almost bled to death

by drobviousso :: Wed, 06/29/2011 - 10:25am

I kind of take exception to Vrabel being on the list. I think Woodson was a much bigger oversight. (according to wikipedia, and my own memory) Cowher and the Steelers FO knew Vrabel was going to be a starter, but he would be behind Jason Gildon and then Joey Porter on the depth chart.

Woodson, however, was a Steelers icon who continued to play at a very high level for two rival teams after he left.

by dbostedo :: Thu, 06/30/2011 - 6:23pm

The very fact that he turned into a Steelers icon means he doesn't make this list. The list is players who got a very small shot, or no shot at all, at first, and then turned into excellent players. Not someone who was a clear star and simply continued to be once they left the team.

So James Harrison would work, since he was cut several times before becoming a star. Players like Kurt Warner (who is on the list) count as well, since nobody even bothered to draft them.

by Kevin from Philly :: Wed, 06/29/2011 - 10:26am

Jimmy Smith of the Jags comes to mind. Drafted by the Cowboys and cut. Picked up by the Eagles and cut. Goes on to become a Pro Bowl WR.

by Israel P. (not verified) :: Wed, 06/29/2011 - 10:53am

Someday Limas Sweed will make this list.

by Dennis :: Wed, 06/29/2011 - 11:43pm

Could someone post the players so those of us who aren't insiders can participate in the discussion?

by Hummingbird Cyborg :: Sun, 07/03/2011 - 9:26am

That's how I always feel about the insider articles.

It's funny to me that most of the outsiders content is only accessible to insiders.

I used to enjoy being able to participate on all of the content on this site, but it's definitely not worth it to pay ESPN money just to read it.

by nath :: Tue, 07/05/2011 - 6:18pm

they should call it footballinsiders.com amirite?

by JimmyOz (not verified) :: Thu, 06/30/2011 - 3:37am

I saw 'Tits on a Bull' down at the dole office complaining that off-season NFL rankings lists on ESPN have put him out of work as being well known euphemism for useless.

by Sander :: Thu, 06/30/2011 - 10:02am

The problem with a lot of these players is that if they had stayed in position, they wouldn't have turned into a good player in the first player. Steve Young is a great example of that: there's no way he could've turned into the Hall of Famer he was with the Bucs. Heck, there's no way anyone could've turned into a good player with those Bucs.

by electrical (not verified) :: Fri, 07/01/2011 - 5:59am

What you said may be right.

by Mark Pitcavage (not verified) :: Wed, 07/06/2011 - 4:56pm

please stop linking to articles at pay sites.

by silentrat :: Sun, 07/10/2011 - 7:11pm

As someone that is an ESPN insider (its not like its fucking expensive) I certainly enjoy the links to articles I probably would miss out on otherwise.

And Priest Holmes should have been higher on the list, I mean who ever thought Errict Rhett was the guy?

by Josh0364 (not verified) :: Tue, 09/13/2011 - 4:35pm

I like the Steve Young comment. A lot of people wouldn't have succeeded had it not been for the coaching and team they fell into.