It isn’t easy to become a starter in the NFL.
To make it, a player must be the best of the best. He also has to have a little bit of luck to avoid injury and to wind up with a team that isn’t already deeply talented at his position.
Occasionally, though, players slip through the cracks and manage to start games even though they have no business being on the field at all.
Sometimes they’re there out of respect—grizzled veterans who have earned their positions and will never give them up. Sometimes the problem is positional depth—thanks to injury or some other factor, teams have no one else to start so they go with whoever is available.
For some starters, though, it’s anyone’s guess how they got there and why they remain week after week.
Over the next six slides, we’ll talk about some of the antiheros on the field, otherwise known as the NFL’s worst starters.