People You Know That Could Have Made It.

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Inspired by another thread about over hyped sports stars only here we'll talk about people who could and probably should have made it or gone pro as a sportsman or business. We all know or know of people that blew their talent. These stories can range from the humourous to the downright tragic.

So let's here some "I could have been a contender stories" boys.
 
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My cousin had football scholarship offers to Ohio State and Nebraska to name a few (cornerback). But, he knocked up his high school sweetheart senior year. They had a volatile relationship even back then. I urged him senior year to go away to college and play football, but he stayed.

He should've married the girl because at least they would've had boundaries. But, he didn't. She became a Hooter's girl right after high school and fucked his best friend. She fucked a lot of dudes then started fucking dykes. My cousin has been in and out of jail, doesn't look his age, has had three kids since then and is starting to turn things around. There is more to this story, but he could've made it in football.
 
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My cousin had football scholarship offers to Ohio State and Nebraska to name a few (cornerback). But, he knocked up his high school sweetheart senior year. They had a volatile relationship even back then. I urged him senior year to go away to college and play football, but he stayed.

He should've married the girl because at least they would've had boundaries. But, he didn't. She became a Hooter's girl right after high school and fucked his best friend. She fucked a lot of dudes then started fucking dykes. My cousin has been in and out of jail, doesn't look his age, has had three kids since then and is starting to turn things around. There is more to this story, but he could've made it in football.
Damn that sucks. Reads like a real tragedy.

As for the people who could have done more with all that potential they had, in recent Boxing I'd say Gamboa. He had all the tools but the bad management, shitty training regime and fucked up promotional bullshit fucked him. In history - Salvador Sanchez, had the makings of someone who could have been up there with Ray Robinson on the all time list. Only 23 years old and had the world in his hands, tragic.

Anyone remember the Doug Flutie hype? Someone said in another thread also, Brian Bosworth.
 
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Look up Carlton Haselrig...i know the man...he achieved a good bit ...national wrestling champion....all pro NFL player....


But his NFL career could have lasted far longer...
 
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My best friend during high school played for Australia in the Baseball Youth World Cup (under 18's) as a 15 year old, I'm pretty sure it was 1993 in Brazil. He was the youngest player in the tournament.
The opening game was Brazil vs Aus at Sao Paulo stadium which has a notoriously long home run fence, the biggest in the tournament definitely. He hit the first and only home run for the whole competition. He also pitched in his local comp but not at the World Cup.
When he returned there was a famous MLB players strike so the clubs were recruiting anyone of note as a safeguard incase the strike affected the season. He received overtures for a scholarship from 4 clubs including the Yankees. He underwent minor shoulder clean up surgery, didn't do the rehab properly, put on 20 kilos, left school for an apprenticeship, played 3 more seasons in the local state league and gave it away.
He completely lost interest and never played again. He never spoke about it or dwelled on it and is reasonably successful in his career now and it doesn't seem to bother him. I haven't spoken to him in over 10 years but I regularly catch up with his brother, who was courted by a famous AFL club in his teens and now high ranking copper, and he is the same - a down to earth bloke with a family.
I don't think either of them had dreams of being famous or wealthy they just happened to be a lot more skilful than their peers in their youth.
 
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Not biggng myself up here, but I quit playing rugby for London Irish a couple of years before game went pro in the UK. The other prop I was with stuck at it and went professional for 5 or more years.

He was strong as fuck, but I was miles better then him in the loose and in the tackle. He played for wasps as a pro, and I could have prob gone pro would have been only 24 or so.

Life can take you on many turns, I tried 2 years later going back but by then there was a deluge of younger guys all looking for it and that was my lot. I had to work to earn money like any off us at time and could nor wait....thinking back I could have to....huge error.

Not saying I would have gone on to play for any countrys, but could have done ok in a pro club. These things happen.
 

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I know some people might be thinking Tony Ayala Jr. but I personally never thought he would be able to best the greats of that time. Hearns, Leonard, Hagler, all of them would have had their way with him. Too short, too flabby (if you don't believe me check the past fights) and too short of a reach. He fought too small also. Like a Mike Tyson but with no spring in his step. Again the greats of that era would have taken him to the cleaners.