Trent Richardson, Alabama
During Richardson’s three years at Alabama, he displayed tremendous talent, performing at the highest level (3,860 yards and 42 touchdowns) while facing elite competition (the SEC) at a position that typically translates well from college to the pros (running back). But as we now know, that wasn’t the case with Richardson. After a somewhat promising rookie season, the Browns shocked the NFL by abruptly trading Richardson to the Colts in Week 3 of the 2013 season.
Over the next four years, Richardson bounced around three more NFL teams. His most recent (and perhaps final) comeback attempt was with the Baltimore Ravens in the summer of 2016, but they waived him right at the start of training camp. In 2017, desperate to keep his football dreams alive, Richardson signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football league. Richardson played in 4 games during the 2017 regular season, rushing 48 times for 259 yards and 2 touchdowns. He then played with the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football in 2008 and was one of the most productive players in the league.