Sunday, May 2, 2010
Sports Card Bust #4: Steve Emtman
In 1992, the Indianapolis Colts had the 1st pick in the draft. And with that pick, they chose University of Washington's Steve Emtman. If you look back at Emtman's college stats they aren't stellar and people who never watched him play would look at them and say they were good, but not great. Well, if you saw him play, you know better. Emtman was a beast. Teams never ran at him and always double teamed him. He was the most dominant defensive player on one of the most dominant defensive teams. Many people, including myself (and the Colts) figured this would transfer straight into the NFL.
Unfortunately, injuries to both of his knees limited his career to only 19 starts. He finished his 6 year career with 8 sacks, 121 tackles, 1 interception (which he returned for a 90 yard TD), and 3 forced fumbles. Ultimately, he's regarded as one of the biggest busts in the history of the NFL. He may never have been a Beast in the NFL, but I still remember the good ole' days when he was a Huskie.