The worst player in the NFL just might be Vernon Gholston, New York Jets linebacker and a man who is very likely to join Ryan Leaf, Blair Thomas, Lawrence Phillips, Charles Rogers, Todd Marinovich, Tony Mandarich and Akili Smith on the all-time, all-time, all-time bust list.
It’s not that Gholston is, technically, the absolute worst player in the league. I’m sure there are a couple of guys dangling off the ends of rosters who have less talent, less drive, less technical skills than Gholston. But when you use the No. 6 pick on someone, well, he’d better be good. Really good. And he better not have been selected in front of stars. Like, say, Ryan Clady. And, uh, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. And Joe Flacco. And Rashard Mendenhall. And Aqib Talib. And, dear God, Chris Johnson. And … and … and …
Aw, hell. Vernon is the worst football player I’ve ever, ever seen. No drive, no motor, no intensity. He played largely on special teams this year, and had four tackles. Four! The same number as the damn kicker.
The Jets were one game removed from the Super Bowl. One game.
A lot of guys could have helped this team.