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Athletes Who Bounced Back Strong After Fans Wrote Them Off

Darren - November 18, 2021
Sports

Athletes Who Bounced Back Strong After Fans Wrote Them Off

Darren - November 18, 2021
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3. Andre Agassi

Agassi’s career is very similar to Tyson Fury’s in a lot of ways. He reached the pinnacle of his sport before succumbing to external pressures. Then he demonstrated incredible willpower to return to the top. A combination of a toxic relationship and persistent injuries sent him into a downward spiral. This escalated into full-blown depression and Agassi began to use crystal meth (via Reuters).

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He went from being the number one tennis player in the world to 141 in the blink of an eye. But he cleaned up his act and returned to the form. Agassi rehabilitated and fought his way back up the rankings. In the end, he became the oldest player ever to become world number two. After staring down at the abyss, Agassi demonstrated that everybody can overcome their demons.

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2. Aaron Rodgers

There was a lot of talk about the Packers being Super Bowl contenders before the 2021 season. But then Rodgers rocked the NFL. He demanded a trade and spent the summer at loggerheads with his franchise. Finally, he reluctantly agreed to spend another year in Green Bay. Fans saw danger signs. Then, the Packers suffered a humiliating loss on opening day against the New Orleans Saints.

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The 38-3 blowout immediately created a reaction. Many analysts shook their heads and said that there was too much drama in the locker room. But the Packers bounced back with a series of strong displays to top the NFC North. Rodgers still created drama off the field but was brilliant on it (via Sporting News). He showed the fans why knee-jerk reactions are foolish. Things can change very quickly.

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1. Patrick Mahomes

It seems ridiculous that even one person ever wrote Mahomes off. Fans spoke about him as a lock for the Hall of Fame after his first Super Bowl win with the Kansas City Chiefs. The franchise hadn’t won the coveted prize for 50 years, but their quarterback inspired them to glory. They had a second shot at gold in 2021 but fell dismally short against Tampa Bay. Meanwhile, it was the worst performance of Mahomes’ short career.

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The Chiefs were inconsistent at the start of the following season. Mahomes escaped criticism at first but then whispers began about the changes in his displays. However, they ruthlessly turned a corner. One game against the Raiders showed Mahomes at his ruthless best. He completed 35 of 50 passes for 406 yards with five touchdowns (via CBS Sports). Also, he didn’t throw a single interception in the strong showing.

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