For most NFL stars who you have followed closely, you prefer to see your favorite players walk out of the game with their head held high, still as a member of the organization that most people associate that player with. John Elway would be one of the best classic examples of the ideal scenario, going out as a member of the Denver Broncos and as a champion.
But then there are other star players' exits that are far less graceful. They tried to hang on for too long, unable to walk away from the prospect of one more year of a big contract. They bounce around from team to team, year after year, until nobody returns their phone calls anymore, signifying that they are no longer wanted.
We are focusing this presentation on players that are still in the league or have just recently left in the last year to two. So, if you wonder why Todd Marinovich or Ryan Leaf is not on here, wonder no more.
This article is looking at those players that refused to take all the hints that it was time to pursue a second career and tarnished their name by hanging on past their normal expiration date. These are the players that refuse to believe their skill set is in rapid decline, like Donovan McNabb for example.