"The Best That Never Was" examined the rise and fall of Marcus Dupree, a big-time recruit from a small town in Philadelphia, Mississippi.
It is a sad commentary about the lure of money, recruiting in the early 1980s, and above all, a young man's naivete towards the institution of college football. It was written and produced by Jonathan Hock for ESPN's "30 for 30" series two years ago.
This star burned out young and several factors led to Dupree's downfall, but despite it all, the ending is a happy one.
Hock sums it best, "This is a sad story about a person who isn't sad."
Dupree burst on the scene in high school and landed at University of Oklahoma with titanic expectations. He was christened "the next Herschel Walker."
And for good reason, the powerful back gashed defenses for 2,955 yards and 36 TDs his senior season at Philadelphia High School. He finished a stellar career with 7,355 yards and 87 TDs, averaging 8.3 yards per clip.
His freshman season for the Sooners, Dupree rushed for a pedestrian 1,144 yards and 13 TDs. Head coach Barry Switzer wasn't impressed. His sophomore season, Dupree played only four games due to knee problems and dropped out.
Part of the problem, Dupree preferred the I-back formation and Switzer was a huge wishbone freak.
Just 19-years-old, Dupree hooked up with the New Orleans Breakers of the USFL in 1984. There, he showed flashes of brilliance, rushing for 684 yards and nine TDs.
That was it. More knee surgeries derailed his career.
After four years of rehab, he played sparingly two seasons for the Los Angeles Rams.
The 48-year-old Dupree keeps busy these days. He's involved in a number of projects, including wrestling promotion.
According to some of his recent tweets, he has had some speaking engagements and just finished shooting a commercial with Barry Sanders.