If you look up the definition of the word “oblivious” in the dictionary, you might find a picture of former Chicago Bears wide receiver David Terrell.
The 8th overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, teams — like the Bears — were infatuated with Terrell’s combination of size (6’2) and overall playmaking ability. What they didn’t realize was that he left any semblance of a work ethic that he might’ve had in Ann Arbor, after arriving to Chicago from the University of Michigan. Despite being a walking target for penalties, and dropping passes at an alarming rate, Terrell publicly complained about not getting enough playing time with the Bears, drawing the ire of then-coach Lovie Smith.
After scoring a grand total of nine touchdowns in his first four years in the NFL, and shortly running afoul of the law (though he was later acquitted), the Bears released Terrell.