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25 Superstars Who Were Foolishly Wasted By Their Teams

Darren - August 4, 2021
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25 Superstars Who Were Foolishly Wasted By Their Teams

Darren - August 4, 2021
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6. Taylor Hall

The New Jersey Devils had a great servant in Hall. Unfortunately, he was far too good for them because they couldn’t make the jump forward with him. He won the Hart Trophy in 2018 after he blazed their way into the playoffs. His influence upon the franchise that season was immense but ultimately they fell short despite his best efforts.

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Hart was the first Devils’ star to win the coveted Hart Trophy. Since leaving New Jersey, Hart bounced from franchise to franchise. The fact remains that New Jersey mishandled one of the league’s best wingers when he was on their roster. Players like Hart can be vital building blocks as franchises look to become contenders, but they couldn’t keep him.

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5. Davante Adams

The Green Bay Packers have one of the best wide receivers in the league on their roster in Adams. However, they mishandled his contract negotiations and it may come back to bite them. Adams made four successive Pro Bowl appearances from 2017 to 2020 but didn’t feel like the Packers valued him. He pointed to DeAndre Hopkins’ massive contract in Arizona.

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Unfortunately, they had another major problem because of Aaron Rodgers. Their star quarterback stole media headlines because of his reluctance to play in Green Bay for another season. The Packers left it late to make a deal with Adams because of the Rodgers situation. Adams was worried about his future in Wisconsin and doubted their ability to move forward.

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4. Stipe Miocic

Comedian Joey Diaz described Stipe Miocic as having an ‘immigrant mentality.’ Hailing from Ohio, Miocic has Croatian parents and works as a fireman. He is also a two-time UFC heavyweight champion with the record for the most successful title defenses in the division’s history. However, the UFC mishandled his title reign and never gave him the respect and promotion he deserved.

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Some will say that Miocic didn’t help himself because of his softspoken nature. But he represented the best parts of the American dream. The fact that he continued to work as a first responder while balancing a career as an MMA fighter was something special. Unfortunately, the UFC tried to promote other fighters over him and wasted an opportunity.

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3. Matthew Stafford

Stafford stayed loyal to the Detroit Lions for 12 seasons. He deserves some kind of award for this alone because the Lions are such a mess of a franchise. The Lions made the postseason three times over the course of his time at Ford Field. But they never really had a hope of contending and mishandled everything positive to do with the franchise. Of course, this included their quarterback.

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Most NFL recognized Stafford as one of the most consistent and underrated QBs in the league. He became one of just four players to throw for over 5,000 yards when he achieved the landmark in 2011. Meanwhile, he is a former Comeback Player of the Year winner and a Pro Bowler. Finally, the Lions agreed to trade him to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for Jared Goff.

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2. Zach Randolph

Randolph was only a two-time NBA All-Star but he was a much better player than his record suggests. He spent the biggest chunk of his career with the Memphis Grizzlies and we don’t need to say much else. They were never in a position to contend because of their weak roster. He spent 19 seasons in the league but never made it to the NBA Finals.

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The big power forward also played for the Knicks and the Clippers. But success eluded him and he never achieved significant success. Arguably, his agent also mishandled his career because he could have played for a better franchise and been a contender. It just goes to show that not every player has the same ambition to win because money is a major motivation.

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1. Aaron Rodgers

The long-serving Packers quarterback is a Green Bay icon. However, it all came to a head in 2021 after he seemingly demanded his way out of town. In short, Rodgers tried to force an exit because he was tired of where the team was going. The reigning NFL MVP was tired of their inability to build a winning team. He knew that he was near the end of his career and wanted to play for contender before he suffered a decline.

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Many fans believed that he was a traitor because the franchise paid him massive money. But it’s fair to say that Mike McCarthy wasted some of the best years of Rodgers’ career. While he won a single Super Bowl, it was difficult for him to watch rivals like Tom Brady win more. To sum up, the Packers mishandled their roster as well as their contract negotiations with their superstar. Despite this, Rodgers returned to the Packers and will lead them into 2021 as of now.

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