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The ying to the yang of the unathletic pros thread, this is the thread for guys who looked like they should be really, really good but wound up not being that good. 

 

I'll start with Brady Quinn. If somebody asked me to draw a perfect QB it would be Quinn. And he wasn't good. 

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Just now, Zow said:

The ying to the yang of the unathletic pros thread, this is the thread for guys who looked like they should be really, really good but wound up not being that good. 

 

I'll start with Brady Quinn. If somebody asked me to draw a perfect QB it would be Quinn. And he wasn't good. 

Sacromone, tho ... the possibilities wif a gymnast 🤔

that being said ...

i'll toss Bosworth and Mandarich in for starters. 

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Other choices: 

Cade McNown

Preston Wilson

Takeo Spikes (this isn't entirely fair because Spikes was quite good, but he's the only athlete I've ever seen up close in person where I just couldn't believe his appearance - I don't know how he didn't break guys in half on the field because he looked like one of the Fox NFL robot player animations)

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8 minutes ago, otb_lifer said:

Sacromone, tho ... the possibilities wif a gymnast 🤔

that being said ...

i'll toss Bosworth and Mandarich in for starters. 

He definitely came to my mind when starting this topic. 

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Trent Richardson

Edit for a kind of funny story: When Bama played at Duke while Richardson was at Bama, some fans went walking around on the UNC campus, and they found the facilities unlocked and unguarded. They took a look in the weight room, took pictures, and after comparing the lifting records on display to Richardson's reported maxes, I think there was only one lift Richardson didn't have beaten.

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10 minutes ago, jplvr said:

Trent Richardson

Edit for a kind of funny story: When Bama played at Duke while Richardson was at Bama, some fans went walking around on the UNC campus, and they found the facilities unlocked and unguarded. They took a look in the weight room, took pictures, and after comparing the lifting records on display to Richardson's reported maxes, I think there was only one lift Richardson didn't have beaten.

Yeah I really thought he was going to be really good. Same with Willie Green. 

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16 minutes ago, gianmarco said:

How is David Boston not listed yet?

He was pretty good...

Roy Williams maybe belongs on this list though. 

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1 hour ago, Zow said:

Other choices: 

Cade McNown

Preston Wilson

Takeo Spikes (this isn't entirely fair because Spikes was quite good, but he's the only athlete I've ever seen up close in person where I just couldn't believe his appearance - I don't know how he didn't break guys in half on the field because he looked like one of the Fox NFL robot player animations)

Cade McNown?  :lmao:

Woz, I met him a couple of times.  He was listed at 6'1" (no way) and was rather....soft.  Are we talking about the same Cade McNown that went to UCLA and got a lifetime ban from the Playboy Mansion? 

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Just now, General Malaise said:

Cade McNown?  :lmao:

Woz, I met him a couple of times.  He was listed at 6'1" (no way) and was rather....soft.  Are we talking about the same Cade McNown that went to UCLA and got a lifetime ban from the Playboy Mansion? 

Yeah I always thought he looked athletic. :shrug: 

Maybe it was the fluid and pretty-looking lefty throwing motion. 

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2 minutes ago, General Malaise said:

The motion that threw the ball to the wrong team? 

I was a relatively young kid during his time. For some reason, I thought he looked impressive. 

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1 hour ago, SFBayDuck said:

Kwame Brown, Michael Olowakandi, Stromile Swift, Chris Washburn. NBA has a bunch or examples like this.

I remember being 100% certain that Lawrence Funderburke was gonna be the next Karl Malone. :bag:

Speaking of the next Karl Malone, how about Randy White?

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39 minutes ago, Zow said:

I was a relatively young kid during his time. For some reason, I thought he looked impressive. 

My old boss was #1 Cade McNown fan and was very tight with his mom.  He was also Team Jesus and proudly boasted Cade as his fellow disciple in Christ.  And so Cade came to the office a few times.  Did not look like an NFL QB to me.  Didn't play like one either.  And when he flamed out of the NFL in spectacular fashion (and got the lifetime ban from Hugh Hefner) the fandom died a quick death.  

He was a hell of a QB at UCLA, though.  Fun to watch.  

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13 minutes ago, General Malaise said:

My old boss was #1 Cade McNown fan and was very tight with his mom.  He was also Team Jesus and proudly boasted Cade as his fellow disciple in Christ.  And so Cade came to the office a few times.  Did not look like an NFL QB to me.  Didn't play like one either.  And when he flamed out of the NFL in spectacular fashion (and got the lifetime ban from Hugh Hefner) the fandom died a quick death.  

He was a hell of a QB at UCLA, though.  Fun to watch.  

I think that's just what I remember. I'm a Vikings fan and I recall wanting them to draft him and then being disappointed because I didn't know the Culpepper guy (again, I was young). 

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2 hours ago, WetDream said:
5 hours ago, otb_lifer said:

Sacromone, tho ... the possibilities wif a gymnast 🤔

that being said ...

i'll toss Bosworth and Mandarich in for starters. 

I'd toss Bosworth and Madarich too. :wub:

Tony Mandarich was the first guy that came to mind. We know now it was a steroid facade but he was a beast at run blocking in college. And as terrible as he was for the Packers - exposed as a horrific pass blocker - once he got off ‘roids, pain killers & alcohol, he had a couple three productive starter years with the Colts.

He lives out in Arizona now, works as a landscape photographer, been sober 25 years. Everyone thought he was a can’t miss, ten year pro bowler. Ya just never know.

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11 minutes ago, shuke said:

Ozzie Conseco.  Same genetics.  Same steroids.  462 less home runs.

True story: not as good at slow pitch softball as this FBG 

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