12. Alex Smith
Unlike other players on this list, Smith is an inspirational figure. The way he won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award in 2020 was like something fans never saw before. Nobody expected to see him starting games again after his gruesome leg break in 2018. However, the downside was that he couldn’t perform at his highest level. Unfortunately, that’s the story of Smith’s career.
His early days with the Niners were tough. However, he settled down as a functional NFL starter with the Kansas City Chiefs. Smith never had a losing season in KC and that convinced the Redskins to bring him East (via Washington Post). Unfortunately, fans never saw him play as much as they wanted because of his harrowing injury. The three-time Pro Bowler had more to give but we never saw it.