Jim Druckenmiller was the 49ers’ first round pick in the 1997 draft. Out of Virginia Tech, he was the prototype quarterback: strong armed, tall (6-4) and poised under pressure. He was the heir apparent to the Joe Montana-Steve Young legacy. Then he proceeded to suck.
After just two seasons, the Niners traded him to Miami, where he was soon released because he sucked. Pro Football Reference sums up Druck’s career best:
Jim Druckenmiller never finished in the top 10 in any major category.
Jim Druckenmiller is not in the all-time top 50 in any major category.
But the Jim Druckenmiller story really gets good after his three long years of NFL
service benchwarming. He was signed by the Arena Football League’s Los Angeles Avengers, where he was the backup quarterback and amassed this career stat line: 5 of 13 for 82 yards and one interception.
Once the Arena Football League didn’t work out (you know you’re a bad football player when … ), Druck kept at the dream and signed with the XFL’s Memphis Maniax. He “led” the Maniax to a record of 5-5. After the XFL folded, he tried to make the Indy Colts roster, but alas, his comeback attempt was for naught.
Because he sucked.
Jim Druckenmiller [wikipedia]