5 potential Hall of Fame careers in the NFL that were derailed by injuries

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This week at SB Nation, we’re shining the spotlight on the NFL’s most underappreciated — from our favorite underdog stories to the most overlooked players and teams. Now’s the time to give them their due.

Not every great NFL player can be as fortunate as Tom Brady or Jerry Rice when it comes to longevity. Most players slow down long before hitting age 40. Even playing into your 30s takes relatively good luck.

Football is a violent sport and injuries can always knock a star’s career off track.

Sterling Sharpe, WR, Packers
Greg Cook, QB, Bengals
Al Toon, WR, Jets
Ickey Woods, RB, Bengals
Tony Boselli, OT, Jaguars
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cjb56

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Woods...doubtful. Cook, by all accounts, was a stud...but were the Bengals really going to get by the Steelers of that era? Kenny Anderson was a great QB, but couldn't get by Pittsburgh too often. Toon was good, not great. Sharpe and Boselli were studs on track to Canton.
 

Termite2

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Woods...doubtful. Cook, by all accounts, was a stud...but were the Bengals really going to get by the Steelers of that era? Kenny Anderson was a great QB, but couldn't get by Pittsburgh too often. Toon was good, not great. Sharpe and Boselli were studs on track to Canton.

Cook was a better QB than Anderson, Isaac Curtis would have had led the league in receiving,Cook made defenses defend the entire field with that arm. They were not that far behind the Steelers. As it was, they should have won the 75' game at home against the Steelers, which would have made them the divisional winner and the Steelers the wild card. 76' they again should have won the game at Riverfront, if they had, the Bengals would have made the playoffs and the Steelers would have sat home.
 

cjb56

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Cook was a better QB than Anderson, Isaac Curtis would have had led the league in receiving,Cook made defenses defend the entire field with that arm. They were not that far behind the Steelers. As it was, they should have won the 75' game at home against the Steelers, which would have made them the divisional winner and the Steelers the wild card. 76' they again should have won the game at Riverfront, if they had, the Bengals would have made the playoffs and the Steelers would have sat home.
I've spoken with others who were old enough to have seen Cook in his prime, and all agree he was as good as advertised.
 

cjb56

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I've spoken with others who were old enough to have seen Cook in his prime, and all agree he was as good as advertised.
Cook was a better QB than Anderson, Isaac Curtis would have had led the league in receiving,Cook made defenses defend the entire field with that arm. They were not that far behind the Steelers. As it was, they should have won the 75' game at home against the Steelers, which would have made them the divisional winner and the Steelers the wild card. 76' they again should have won the game at Riverfront, if they had, the Bengals would have made the playoffs and the Steelers would have sat home.
1975 seemed to be the better team, but a late season waxing by the Steelers in Three Rivers...and an inexplicable beating by the lowly 3-11 Browns late in the season cost the Bengals it would seem, as going on the road to face Oakland in the playoffs was never easy for any team.
 
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