Who are some athletes that would be great (or greater) if they hadn’t spent significant portions of their career injured? I’ll toss out a few for discussion.
Mark Prior: In five seasons he’s 42-29. That’s 71 games in which he figured into the decision, where should have had 120 or more. Considering his winning percentage, he should have 70 or 80 wins by now, against 45-55 losses. He could potentially be a Hall of Fame pitcher if he could stay off the DL.
Kerry Wood: 30 years old, had has 10 seasons with the same team, and has managed all of 71 wins, against 56 losses, and is now a bullpen pitcher.
Rex Grossman: The Bears’ #1 draft pick who had, what was it, all of 3 starts over his first 3 seasons in the NFL? As of now he’s a mediocre quarterback who many Bears fans think should be on the second string (if not completely cut).
Ken Griffey, Jr.: He’s pushing 40, and is in his 19th season. He has 590 career Home Runs, and could conceivable have over 700 if he hadn’t been beset by injuries for large portions of his career.