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    I don't know as much about football as... well as nearly all of you, but I know there are lot's of guys who relit their careers past their supposed prime. Some may even say this about Moss if they could take the goggles off.

    SO, how about it? Anyone got any links to such stories or actual memories?

    Might help ease the minds of some worried fans about vet acquisitions.
     
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    Re: Historians: Can we make a list of "washed up vets" who made a comeback in the NFL

    Some names that poped into my mind


    OTIS

    Poole
     
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    Re: Historians: Can we make a list of "washed up vets" who made a comeback in the NFL

    Rodney............
     
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    Joe Montana
     
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    Re: Historians: Can we make a list of "washed up vets" who made a comeback in the NFL

    Otis Smith
    Bryan Cox
    Anthony Pleasant
    Bobby Hamilton
    Roman Phifer
    Mike Compton
    Terrell Buckley
    Antowain Smith
    David Patten

    And to some extent, Joe Andruzzi, Mike Vrabel, Larry Izzo...

    Gotta love the '01 Pats.

    Then the '03 Pats:

    Rick Lyle
    Tyrone Poole
    Larry Centers
    Rodney Harrison
    Brian Kinchen
    Don Davis
    Ted Washington
    Fred Baxter
    J.J. Stokes
    Fred McCrary

    Those teams were an awesome combination of scrappy, cheap vets and some solid draft picks (although the 2001 draft, outside of Seymour and Light, didn't turn up much - the 2003 draft, outside of Bethel, did).

    Not to mention Keith Traylor and Jim Miller in 2004.
     
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    Re: Historians: Can we make a list of "washed up vets" who made a comeback in the NFL

    Corey Dillon
     
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    Re: Historians: Can we make a list of "washed up vets" who made a comeback in the NFL

    Junior Seau played 2 nice years here after Miami thought he was done
     
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    Re: Historians: Can we make a list of "washed up vets" who made a comeback in the NFL

    This list is really ENDLESS as you can see from just the patriots....Flutie, Vinny, Harold Jackson, Shawn Jefferson,and others. The point is well made that vets have as good of a chance rekindling their careers as rookies have at making it to begin with. Add to that the obvious football IQ and character issues and you can see why guys get alot more than 1-2 chances.
     
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    Fernando Bryant.
     
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    Re: Historians: Can we make a list of "washed up vets" who made a comeback in the NFL

    Good lists, but I wouldn't consider Ted Washington washed up when we traded for him.

    I also wouldn't call Jim Miller's time with the Patriots a comeback.
     
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    Re: Historians: Can we make a list of "washed up vets" who made a comeback in the NFL

    seriously though, we are greatly expanding the definition of "washed up" with most of these players.

    If you are calling all these players washed up, you may as well add Randy Moss, Jabar Gafney, Bruschi / Troy Brown after 2000, Bobby Hamilton, Roman Phifer, and just about any veteran we've picked up to the list while you're at it.

    Seasoned <> washed up .
     
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    Re: Historians: Can we make a list of "washed up vets" who made a comeback in the NFL

    A lot of Pats fans considered Jim Plunkett washed up.
     
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    Re: Historians: Can we make a list of "washed up vets" who made a comeback in the NFL

    Every member of the "over the hill gang" in Washington under George Allen in the 70's.
     
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    Re: Historians: Can we make a list of "washed up vets" who made a comeback in the NFL

    Tom Maddox of the Steelers who later gave way to Big Ben is the best example I can think of. David Patten being my favorite Patriot comeback story.
     
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    Re: Historians: Can we make a list of "washed up vets" who made a comeback in the NFL

    This was on NFL Network the other night. Very interesting, some of these guys were cut multiple times by multiple teams.

    Top 10 NFL Cuts who went on to have great career:
    http://www.nfl.com/videos?videoId=09000d5d80a670c8

    10. Jake Delhomme
    9. Derek Anderson
    8. Jack Kemp
    7. Al Harris
    6. Trent Green
    5. Kurt Warner
    4. Bob Kuechenberg
    3. Tim Langer
    2. Willie Brown
    1. Johnny Unitas
     
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    Re: Historians: Can we make a list of "washed up vets" who made a comeback in the NFL

    Jerry Rice
     
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    Re: Historians: Can we make a list of "washed up vets" who made a comeback in the NFL

    Sorry guys like Lyle, Davis, Baxter, Stokes, and McCrary are a stretch at best.
     
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    Re: Historians: Can we make a list of "washed up vets" who made a comeback in the NFL

    Earl Morrall. He played for 4 teams and was 27-27 and 33 years old and considered washed up when he was released by the Giants. All he did was go 33-4 the next few years to the Colts and take them to Super Bowl 3 when Unitas was injured. Then he went to Miami and led them with a 13-1 record when Griese got hurt........
     
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    Re: Historians: Can we make a list of "washed up vets" who made a comeback in the NFL

    Some players outside of New England:

    Rich Gannon (career journey man who became league MVP in Oakland)
    James Farrior (first round bust in NY, stud in Pittsburgh)
    Leonard Davis (first round bust in Arizona, very good guard in Dallas)
    Cris Carter (out of control bust in Philly, HOF in Minnesotta)
    Hugh Douglas (Had a strong rookie season, but got progressively worse with the Jets to the point that they got rid of him and became dominant in Philly)

    Those are a few off the top of my head
     
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