Ki-Jana Carter, Penn State
Kenneth Leonard “Ki-Jana” Carter was the centerpiece of a Penn State University team under Joe Paterno that won the Rose Bowl in 1995. That year, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting after compiling over 1,600 yards from scrimmage and 23 rushing touchdowns. As a sophomore and junior in Happy Valley, Carter had back-to-back seasons with 1,000 yards rushing.
Whether you want to call Carter’s career a “bust” is up to you, as injuries stole any chance of him making a name for himself in the NFL. On the third carry of his first preseason game with the Cincinnati Bengals, Carter blew out his knee was out for the season. In his third, fourth, and fifth seasons in the league, he suffered major season-ending injuries every year. Carter never ran for more than 464 yards in any of the seven seasons he played in the NFL. After football, he became an entrepreneur and blogger and now serves as the CEO of the sanitation technology company he founded.