I saw a lot of comments to my Chargers’ Mt. Rushmore post, and some of them inspired a Mt. TRASHmore look at Bolts history, so here goes.
Topping the trash heap is none other than Ryan Leaf. Who else could possibly top this list in boltlore? Only thanks to JaMarcus Russell did Leaf fall from the #1 spot as draft bust of all time.
In two years with the Chargers, he won four games against 14 losses, posted a pedestrian completion percentage of 48 and threw 13 touchdowns against 33 picks. He managed to alienate most everyone on the team with his boorish personality and even tried to verbally take on Junior Seau.
Coming in at #2 has to be Craig BUSTer Davis. Drafted in the first round (#30 overall) in 2007, Davis could not stay healthy enough to live up to his #1 receiver billing at LSU. He had 20 catches for 188 yards in 14 games during his rookie season. The following year, he only played in four games due to injury. He played in one game in 2009 and seven in 2010 before being released.
Next up, David Boston. Boston signed a seven-year, $47 million contract ($12 million guaranteed) in 2003. He posted respectable stats (70 catches for 880 yards and seven touchdowns), but was suspended by Coach Schottenheimer for a game after cussing out one of the coaches. Our dear friend A.J. Smith traded him to Miami after the 2003 season because of his attitude and work habits. After the trade, he tested positive for steroids and tore up his knee.
Rounding up the top 4 is Mossy Cade. Mossy Cade? Who the heck is Mossy Cade? Cade was drafted in the first round of the 1984 draft (#6 overall) and never played a down for the Chargers. In fact, he played for the USFL’s Memphis Showboats in 1985 and also for Green Bay in 1985 and 1986. He was a real winner. In 1987, he was convicted of two counts of second degree sexual assault on a woman he was related to through marriage and spent 15 months in prison.
Who are your top four garbage Bolts? Let me know who yours are!