It takes a lot of sweat, hard work, and determination to make it in the NFL, even if it’s just for a short time. The average NFL career is only three years, so even if you do end up making it, it’s pretty unlikely you’ll stick around.
However, these NFL players were able to make a big splash, only to fizzle out a short time later. Whether they were a Super Bowl hero or a college star who couldn’t keep the momentum going, these NFL players are the one hit wonders lost to history.
The signal-caller threw 15 touchdown passes and compiled 1,854 passing yards in an impressive rookie season. In that same season, Cook tore his rotator cuff that went undiagnosed due to limited medical technology.
The injury proved to be more concerning than they initially feared. The rotator cuff began deteriorating after the season. During surgery, doctors discovered that Cook also had a partially detached biceps muscle. The fifth overall pick of the 1969 draft called it a career in 1973.