jhc68 wrote:Back to the original post, in my view Joe Don Looney epitomizes the footnote athlete... someone with unique talents who under or over achieve for some reason or another and whose life takes unexpected turns.
I'd add a couple more for consideration:
Colin Ridgeway and Terry Albritton - both dynamic, multi-talented athletes who came to untimely, bizarre ends.
Agree with jhc68 on JDL - don't agree with Albritton or Ridgeway. I was thinking of people whose talents were so great that they would have been considered at the very top of the sport except for ... something. OK, maybe Albritton, but not Ridgeway