Many star athletes have had brilliant individual careers, breaking records and showing their talent every time they hit the field. Unfortunately, however, many franchises have wasted and ruined some of the best stars on the planet. For multiple different reasons, they simply weren’t able to contend with bigger teams and held back their stars as a result. This affected their legacies and reputations.
So today we’re going to take a look at 30 athletes who suffered this fate. Some of these stars transcended their teams and earned Hall of Fame status on their own. But they never won league titles because their teammates and management weren’t in the same class as them. Some athletes had incredible potential but their team didn’t protect them like the Bengals with Joe Burrow. Check out the list below via the Sportster and AZ Central.
30. Aaron Rodgers
Superstar quarterback Rodgers won a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers in 2010. However, the franchise wasted the opportunity to build a dynasty around one of the best quarterbacks ever. There’s no doubt Rodgers is incredibly talented as his numbers stack up against all of his rivals. Meanwhile, Rodgers watched as the likes of Tom Brady achieved great things in a more cohesive system.
In 2021, Rodgers signaled his desire to leave Wisconsin. He cited the promotion’s culture under general manager Brian Gutekunst as the main reason why he wants to depart. 11 years after his only Super Bowl win, the reigning MVP wants to compete for the Lombardi again. It’s fair because history remembers winners. Mike McCarthy deserves a lot of criticism for how he handled Rodgers, but so does the Packers’ front office. Overall it’s been messy.