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Valenti and Foster: Which Player Most Wasted Their Talent?

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Charles Rogers #80 of the Detroit Lions looks on during training camp at the Detroit Lions Headquarters and Training Facility on July 28, 2006 in Allen Park, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Charles Rogers #80 of the Detroit Lions looks on during training camp at the Detroit Lions Headquarters and Training Facility on July 28, 2006 in Allen Park, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Great talent doesn’t always translate to great results in sports. Too often do star players waste opportunities of all-time greatness, not only with unfortunate injuries, but self-inflicted off-the-field issues.

At one point, Charles Rogers drew comparisons to Randy Moss for his dominance on the field. He sits third on the Michigan State all-time list for receiving yards and holds the record for touchdowns caught in a career at the school, but only started nine games in his three seasons with the Lions while scoring just four touchdowns.

97.1 The Ticket’s Mike Valenti lists Rogers as his most disappointing player in recent history.

“He had it all, every opportunity, and threw it all away,” Valenti said.

Following a series of legal and substance issues, Rogers was eventually cut from the Lions in 2006. Terry Foster goes back to the Bad Boy Pistons in his pick for most disappointing player.

“William Bedford of Pistons was very talented, you could see it in practice,” Foster said. “He did some nice things in practice and should have been something in the league, but didn’t pan out. He never really got it.”

The sixth overall pick in 1986, Bedford missed the Pistons’ first Championship season in 1988-1989 due to a stint in rehab due to drug abuse, but returned to the team the following season playing in just 42 games while averaging 2.8 points and 1.4 rebounds per game.

Who is the one player that should have been an all-time great, but wasted their talent with off-the-field issues?

Let us know in the comments below.

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