6 Best Rookies Who Never Succeeded

AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File

When teams don’t win championships, invariably they get high draft picks. When these teams can’t peddle success, they peddle hope. And with these high draft picks and the hope they bring come all kinds of hype. Most times, the players, to varying degrees, work out for the clubs that pay them massive salaries on long-term contracts. Yet, when they don’t work out, it’s in epic fashion. Just ask Tim Couch. The first overall selection of the Cleveland Browns in 1999 enjoyed a modicum of success as the starting quarterback in his first couple years, but was released outright in 2004 after tryouts with several teams failed. At least now he’s a broadcaster on Fox Sports South.

6. Alexandre Daigle, NHL

This is the hockey player who famously said, upon being drafted no. 1 overall by the Ottawa Senators in 1993, “I’m glad I got drafted first, because no one remembers number two.” Uh, duh, the number two was Chris Pronger, an NHL stud. Daigle? Considered by some to be the next Mario Lemieux, Daigle never topped 51 points in a season and eventually quit hockey in 2000 because he never really wanted to play. He swished around a beer league in L.A., insisting he wanted to be an actor. But later, the hockey bug bit and he tried out for and made a comeback with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2002. He actually played a key defensive role and managed one more 51 point season with the Minnesota Wild in 2003-04. He ended up in the Swiss League in 2006-07 with Davos and the rest is history. A career highlight? Wearing a nurse’s outfit for an Ottawa Senators promotional shoot.

CP PHOTO - 1997 str-Robert Galbraith rjg

CP PHOTO – 1997 str-Robert Galbraith rjg

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