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Michael Lewis, beer truck driver... to NFL star

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Lewis_(wide_receiver)

In 2002, Lewis set an NFL record for combined kick-punt return yardage with 2,432 yards total (1,807 kickoff, 625 punt).[9] He is currently the Saints' all-time career leader in punt returns (142) and punt return yardage (1,482).

On December 21, 2003, he also played a role in the River City Relay as one of the receivers that would lateral a touchdown in a last second attempt to win the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars (in which the Saints lost). The River City Relay won an ESPY, NFL play of the year, and an ESPN.com internet poll

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Nick Foles

  • 3rd highest passer rating season in 2013
  • 6-2 with bad stats on a very weird 2014 Eagles team and then breaks his collarbone.
    • What he did on that team was pretty incredible if you understand it
  • banished to St Louis by Chump Kelly
    • everything about that team and that year was ugly
  • Gets fired on Hard Knocks by Slappy McMediocre
  • backs up Alex Smith for a year in KC
  • returns to Philly as Mr Clutch and wins a Super Bowl
  • has another clutch run cut short in New Orleans by Jeffrey skipping the ball off his hands in the red zone
  • only Jacksonville really wants him enough to pay him 20+ a year as a free agent
  • breaks his collarbone on a TD bomb on like pass number 4 in Jacksonville
  • on the trading block again

 

No one has any idea if teams really want him or not as a 31 year old former SB MVP QB. (this includes the Jags)

What you can't deny is that if Goff and Jimmy G played like playoff Foles then California would have won 2 straight Super Bowls.

  • Not picking on them, they are just the 2 latest examples

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This should obviously be renamed the "Michael Clayton" thread.

Rookie Year:

80 catches 1,193 yards, 7 TD

Final career stats (6 years)

223 catches, 2,955 yards, 10 TD

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1 minute ago, MWil23 said:

This should obviously be renamed the "Michael Clayton" thread.

Rookie Year:

80 catches 1,193 yards, 7 TD

Final career stats (6 years)

223 catches, 2,955 yards, 10 TD

17 hours ago, NYGiantsman10 said:

I always thought Michael Clayton's career was super weird. He had a great year as a rookie and then dropped off the map 

You beat me. You were paged and I missed it. :)

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George Blanda
Started his career 1949 as back up QB and kicker and retired at 32.
Then the AFL happened and he came out of retirement and played 1960-1966. Johnny Unitas was the first 3,000 yard passer in 1960. In 1961 Blnada had 3,300 yards and 36 TDs.

Then in 1967, at 40 years old, he signed with the Raiders as kicker and back up QB again and played until 1975.

He finished with 3,418 points.
335 FGs (1005), 943 XP (1005+943), 9 rushing TDs (1005+943+54), 236 Passing TDs (1005+943+54+1416).

I don't know why the NFL only counts him as having scored 2002 points, which is just his kicking record plus rushing TDs, but even still at 2002 he ranks 7th all time in points.

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44 minutes ago, SkippyX said:

Nick Foles

  • 3rd highest passer rating season in 2013
  • 6-2 with bad stats on a very weird 2014 Eagles team and then breaks his collarbone.
    • What he did on that team was pretty incredible if you understand it
  • banished to St Louis by Chump Kelly
    • everything about that team and that year was ugly
  • Gets fired on Hard Knocks by Slappy McMediocre
  • backs up Alex Smith for a year in KC
  • returns to Philly as Mr Clutch and wins a Super Bowl
  • has another clutch run cut short in New Orleans by Jeffrey skipping the ball off his hands in the red zone
  • only Jacksonville really wants him enough to pay him 20+ a year as a free agent
  • breaks his collarbone on a TD bomb on like pass number 4 in Jacksonville
  • on the trading block again

 

No one has any idea if teams really want him or not as a 31 year old former SB MVP QB. (this includes the Jags)

What you can't deny is that if Goff and Jimmy G played like playoff Foles then California would have won 2 straight Super Bowls.

  • Not picking on them, they are just the 2 latest examples

Yep first name I thought of. Started out well. Then was terrible. Then won a super bowl. Then got paid like a franchise qb. Then got outplayed by a relatively unknown rookie. 

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Deangelo Hall was weird. He was like awesome and then terrible. And then good and then terrible.

 

I feel like he earned a different letter grade for every season he played in.

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Michael Bennett is an interesting one.

Undrafted out of college due to inconsistent performance.

Washed out of Seattle halfway through rookie year. 

Tampa brought him in and didn't let him leave for 3-1/2 years in which time, Rod Marinelli turned him into a stud.

He destroyed quarterbacks in Seattle after signing a 1 year prove-it deal and then extended with them.

Then traded 3 times within 2 calender years

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1 minute ago, BleedTheClock said:

Deangelo Hall was weird. He was like awesome and then terrible. And then good and then terrible.

 

I feel like he earned a different letter grade for every season he played in.

He was bad-good-great-traded in Atlanta. 

Then he was bad in Oakland and traded to Washington

Then he was solid for like 10 years and then retired.

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12 minutes ago, scar988 said:

He was bad-good-great-traded in Atlanta. 

Then he was bad in Oakland and traded to Washington

Then he was solid for like 10 years and then retired.

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Then DHop banished him to the shadow realm.

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2 hours ago, Fl0nkerton said:

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Then DHop banished him to the shadow realm.

Yeah, that was like 2017, right? DHop owned him at that point. Hall was only like 36. haha

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6 minutes ago, scar988 said:

Yeah, that was like 2017, right? DHop owned him at that point. Hall was only like 36. haha

2015 - that was Hard Knocks ep 1. So Deangelo was about 32 then? 

I'd also qualify Hall as solid. Not great, but not bad. He'd look like a star any time he'd play Jay Cutler...

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20 hours ago, Matts4313 said:

Jimmy Smith kept getting cut until he found a home with the Jags.

He had appendicitis and the Cowboys doctor gave him Pepto. He eventually got in to see the team surgeon a week later (after playing a preseason game with appendicitis!). Then the team surgeon released him from the hospital the next day, despite him having a 102º fever. He went back two days later and had to have emergency surgery on his ileostomy that they opened up. He missed the entire season and the Cowboys tried to put him on the non-football injury list so that they wouldn't have to pay him anything. When he filed a grievance against the team, they cut him.

According to Jimmy, it was towards the end of that debacle that he started doing cocaine originally. He signed with the Eagles shortly afterwards, and they cut him when a coach became aware of the drug use. He cleaned up a bit after that, then went and played for the Jags. And got back into it heavily in the early 2000's, and then abruptly retired when it started ruining his life. And then he spiraled from there.

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Eddie Lacy & Kelvin Benjamin come to mind

Imagine having the potential to be one of the top players at your position (and having already shown glimpses of greatness), only to not be able to stay in shape. You would think a professional athlete would have no problem remaining athletic. Very strange to me

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