“Bust” is such a strong word.
Nobody likes seeing a player get shellacked with that dirty label—especially those shiny young college stars who get to the big stage only to hit the wall.
It’s a tough and contentious business dropping the “B word” on players, probably because most us who possess souls like to believe that deep down in all of us exists one last Rocky Balboa log-lifting comeback montage.
But sometimes we need to accept that Adrian’s in heaven now and no amount of jogging and lumber hauling is going to get us back on top.
The following list is a collection of the once-bright stars who we’re now ready to admit have seen their finest hour come and go.
Some shot for the moon and missed, and others sputtered out before even leaving the tarmac, but regardless they all end up sharing the same busted label.