Injuries are “a part of the game.”
Nevertheless, they ruin careers.
Throughout the NFL’s long, rich history, dozens of promising prospects or budding stars had their careers cut way too short because of an injury.
But which NFL players best exemplify the “What If?” element of sports history?
Check out this list to find out.
As a quick disclaimer, this list isn’t going be only comprised of first-round picks who barely got on the field or a Rookie of the Year who blew out his knee at age 24.
A Hall of Famer can still qualify, provide how truncated his career became.
And while plenty of high draft choices (Charles Rogers and Ki-Jana Carter for example) had careers ruined early on, they never really accomplished much prior to crushing injuries. These 25 players were already on their way to stardom.