Albert Pujols, Kurt Warner Among 10 Best Rags-to-Riches Players of Last 20 Years

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Albert Pujols, Kurt Warner Among 10 Best Rags-to-Riches Players of Last 20 Years
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Amidst this era of full-time draft analysis, combines, relentless scouting and intense scrutiny that often begins by high school, it is rather shocking that individual players STILL slip through the cracks.

That was the case, to a large degree, with every player on this list.

In some cases, they were widely undesired coming out of high school, as was the case with Scottie Pippen.  In others, they were overlooked by the pros, as John Randle and Antonio Gates were.

In all instances here, though, these players overcame any all of the slights, obstacles, doubters and haters to become elite players in their respective professions.

Only undrafted NFL players were eligible.

NBA players had to be undrafted or a product of a non division I institution.

And with MLB, since over 1,000 players are drafted each year, only those drafted outside of the first ten rounds of the amateur draft were eligible.

Rankings for each player chosen were weighed based on a myriad of considerations:

-longetivity of greatness
-championships/postseasons
-the individual story and how remarkable it was (for example, Kurt Warner's amazing journey)
-historic place in each individual's sport

Let's look at the 10 greatest rags-to-riches stories of the past twenty years from the big 3three: the NFL, MLB, and NBA.

(Most stats taken from sport-reference.com).

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