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Sports Franchises That Completely Wasted Their Stars’ Talent

Darren - June 1, 2021
Sports

Sports Franchises That Completely Wasted Their Stars’ Talent

Darren - June 1, 2021
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3. Dan Marino

Marino played in the NFL for 17 seasons but never won a Super Bowl. He spent his entire career with the Miami Dolphins after they drafted him in 1983. Furthermore, he was outstanding for the Dolphins as he led the league in passing yards on multiple occasions. Marino was also a perennial Pro Bowler as well as the 1984 NFL MVP. But they wasted the opportunity to win their first Super Bowl since 1974.

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That wait continues. The closest they came to an elusive victory was in 1984 when they lost the showpiece game to the Monta’led San Francisco 49ers. However, they never made it back and their defense became steadily worse. In fact, their defense in 1987 was the fourth-worst in modern NFL history. Marino had no chance of winning the Super Bowl after the most decorated year of his career. It’s a shame because he deserved a ring.

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2. Mike Trout

Anybody who knows anything about MLB knows that Trout is the best player in the world. However, the problem is that the majority of Americans have no idea who he is. Roughly 20 percent of the nation recognize him. Meanwhile, over 90 percent recognize LeBron James and Tom Brady respectively. Blame the Los Angeles Angels because they have no idea how to market their star.

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Furthermore, Trout’s statistics are unbelievable on an individual level. But the biggest baseball star of the modern era will likely never win a World Series. This is down to the Angels because they haven’t built a title-winning roster in over a decade with Trout. It’s a wasted opportunity because they could have made baseball great again. Unfortunately, he’s never going to earn mainstream fame.

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1. Andrew Luck

It looked like Luck was Peyton Manning’s perfect successor. The Indianapolis Colts had another brilliant franchise quarterback. On the face of it, he had an excellent career. A four-time Pro Bowler, he also won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award. Meanwhile, the Colts won the AFC twice with him at the helm. However, he stunned the world when he retired in his prime at the age of 29.

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Luck cited the number of hits he received while playing for the franchise. He absorbed so much trauma that his body couldn’t take it anymore. In short, the Colts wasted a golden opportunity to build a Super Bowl contender around him. They also failed their star because they didn’t protect him properly. While he overcame their offensive shortcomings at various points, the sacks became too much.

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