Every athlete has a lifespan. That’s why elite players come with a curse attached because they’re almost impossible to replace. After their departure, they leave a gaping hole in the team. Many teams struggle in the following seasons because their influence was so important.
Let’s take a look at 30 sports stars whose teams found it impossible to replace. Some of them left smaller franchises for bigger markets because they wanted to win. Others retired after years of success at the top of the game. But they were all brilliant and a massive loss for their teams. Check out the list below via Clutchpoints.
30. Drew Brees
Brees led the Saints’ offense for 15 seasons with great effect. The Super Bowl winner was also a two-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year. Meanwhile, he was a part of a core group of top quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Russell Wilson, who became the faces of their franchise. Finally, he retired in 2021.
It was almost impossible to imagine another starter on the Saints after so long. But the Saints found themselves with a choice between Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill. Winston was a turnover machine when he started for Tampa Ba, and Hill’s reputation was as a gadget player, not a starter. Life after Brees wasn’t going to be a breeze.