The Randy Mosses of the world do not come around very often. When you see an athlete with all the talent in the world take the field, court or ring, you can't help but draw out the rest of their careers.
The following athletes delighted us from the moment we first saw them play. That is the first criteria we are working with right now—love at first sight.
You will see each individual player from various sports listed and think to yourself, "Man, he was going to be the best ever."
Then something happened; whether it be tragic or self-imposed, the athlete didn't finish the masterpiece painting. There are still some areas that need to be filled in.
You will notice that some athletes fell well short of where we had them slotted. Others were just a season short of accomplishing what we thought was a foregone conclusion.
Either way, the main thought we should take away from all of these superior talents is surprise. When they began their trek through athletic celebrity, we assumed the end would be as pristine as their play.
Life, as we know, never works out that way. Some things are just not meant to be. Here is a collection of some very great athletes who, for one reason or another, did not finish the journey.
In sports, the promise of greatness always seems to conclude unfulfilled. There is something so frustrating in knowing what could have been. Here is an exercise in futility—the great that were simply good, and the legends that left their field far too soon.
Here are some unfinished tales that will have to remain just that, unfinished.