Detroit Lions

Biggest Bust in NFL History

2 Dec 1989: Quarterback Andre Ware #11 of the Houston Cougars looks on during a game against the Rice Owls in Houston, Texas. The Houston Cougars won the game 64-0.
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Chris YoungCorrespondent IFebruary 21, 2010

Andre Ware played at the University of Houston, where he was the first black quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy in 1989. While playing in Houston, Andre broke 26 NCAA football records. His performance did not go unnoticed and Ware became one of the most decorated players in college history

Ware set NCAA records with 4,699 passing yards and 46 touchdowns in 1989. Averaging 427 passing yards per game, he guided Houston to a 9-2 record and 14th overall national ranking. In three years with Houston, Ware threw for 8,202 yards and 75 touchdowns.

He then declared for the NFL Draft, foregoing his senior year. Ware was the first round selection (seventh overall) of the Detroit Lions. A first round NFL Draft choice by the Detroit Lions in 1990, Ware played four seasons in the NFL

Ware spent four years with Detroit, playing 14 games and starting six. During his time in Detroit Ware threw for 5 touchdowns and 8 interceptions with 1,112 passing yards. Andre Ware played from 1990-1993 with the Detroit Lions.

Detroit’s best option that year would have been selecting All Pro Offensive Tackle Richmond Webb, who was selected number 9 overall. Richmond Webb went on to earn seven Pro Bowls in his 11 year career.

The Lions could have waited the next year to draft a franchise quarterback in Brett Favre, who can be arguably be the best quarterback to ever play the game.

There you go; Andre Ware was supposed to be the next great quarterback in the NFL. The Lions hoped he would get them to playoff contention and even Super Bowl worthy.

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