Time and again, football history will remind us in its own not so subtle and bone crunching way of the underdogs, the overlooked and those tiny specks in cosmos aching to burst into shooting stars in a far larger and brighter constellation.
There are the players who supposedly were too slow and too short. Those who were too big and too small. There are players whose pants were not bleached enough or who had missed a certain Star Trek episode.
Whereas scouts have always fiddled with billions of numbers, the scales are balanced by the billions of horse manure excuses as to why not to draft a certain player. More than not, the scouts get it right. The 99 percent success rate would justify their paychecks to the NFL brass every time.
It's the one percent they miss that will continue to rise up like Jason Vorhees, chainsaw in hand, to come back and torment the naysayers.
There's sixth-round pick Tom Brady, now flashing three Super Bowl rings and measuring for his bust at the NFL Hall of Fame.
There's Roger Staubach, a 10th-round pick in the 1964 draft.
There's Hall of Famer George Blanda, the 119th overall pick in the 1949 draft.
Needless to say, the Chargers have had their fair share of diamonds in the rough.
Depicted here are 10 current and former Bolts who would garner little more than a laugh from the NFL's scouting departments. Years later, these same players have garnered paychecks that have them laughing all the way to the bank and Hawaii at season's end.