On the heels of my lasts post on NFL Draft Busts, I want to talk about someone that people might not group into the "busts category." David Boston has been an NFL bust, he had all the makings of a hall of famer, and constant all-pro...but on news that his disappointing season is over after an injury, and rumors circulating that his career might be over at the age of 27, it's apparent that his career will be looked at as a disappointment.
David Boston was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the 1999 draft #8 overall out of the Ohio State University. He was poised to be a star in the league...he was going to be the savior of the Cardinal organization. 6-2, 228 pounds, great hands and body control...he was T.O. before T.O. became what we know today. He was the original freak of nature, His rookie year he had a solid 40 catches, 473 yards, and a couple of TDs. He only got better his next to season, having his breakout year in 2000 with 98 grabs, 1,598 yards, and 8 TDs. 2002 was the year where everything started going down for Boston...he was traded to the San Diego Chargers after an injury shortened '01 season (Boston hadn't missed a game in his three year career before '01, when he played in only 8 games). After a decent season with the bolts, where he missed two more games, he signed as a free agent with the Dolphins. In his first year with the dolphins he suffered a knee injury in training camp and was put on the IR. Now after only 5 games and 4 catches in the current season, he's done for the year again.
It's sad to see that a player of this caliber not make it...but not make it because of injuries. Yes, he did have some problems with steroids when he was rehabing (probably throughout his career...I mean just look at him!). But this is a player that had all the talent in the world...he just caught a string of bad luck.