Bust #7: Ron Dayne (1999)
Ron Dayne, the former University of Wisconsin running back who won the Heisman Trophy in 1999, left Madison as the all-time leader in rushing yards in NCAA Division I FBS history, with 7,125 yards (excluding bowl game stats), breaking the record previously established by Ricky Williams. Known for his large size (he was 249lbs), “The Great Dayne” was selected with the 11th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.
But the large running back spent much of his career in head coach Jim Fassel’s doghouse, as the coach grew frustrated with Dayne’s lack of focus on maintaining his weight. At the end of the 2007 season, after a brief stint with the Houston Texans, Dayne’s NFL career was over.