Unfortunately for Chris McIntosh, he makes this list by virtue of injury-induced early retirement. With the 22th overall pick of the 2000 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks chose the First-Team All American offensive tackle out of Wisconsin.
Part of a Wisconsin Rose Bowl winning team in 2000, he was one of the lead blockers for legendary college running back Ron Dayne as he rumbled for 226 yards in that game. He was a four-year starter there and 2 time team captain and was a logical pick for the Seahawks.
At 6'7, 315, he was expected to book-end the line on the right side and provide Seattle with a formidable offensive tackle duo; Walter Jones easily holding down the left.
McIntosh worked his way into the starting lineup in his rookie season, playing in 14 games starting 10. Not a bad start and the choice was looking like a success. However, in training camp in 2001 he sustained a neck stinger - or pinched nerve - and was limited to 3 starts that year. He had surgery in the offseason to correct the issue but reagravated it again in camp in 2002, forcing him to miss the entire season. He tried to come back the next year but told coaches he was unable to play, ultimately forcing the Hawks to release him at the start of camp in 2003.
Chris McIntosh can at least rest assured that his short career and 'bust' status on this list was not due to a bad attitude, poor performance, underachieving talent, or legal problems. McIntosh's only failure was his ability to stay healthy, and ultimately led to his early retirement.
He is now a real estate agent in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and resides in Hartford, Wisconsin.
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