It’s good to see that Heath Shuler is getting paid to do what he’s being doing for years – acting. Representing North Carolina’s 11th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2007-13, Shuler perfected the ability to act as if he cared about serving his constituents. He supposedly was an NFL quarterback in the mid-1990s, but that was all an act too. Prior to the 1994 Draft, Shuler generally was considered the best prospect at quarterback. He was taken by Washington with the 3rd overall pick that year but failed to live up to expectations. During his NFL career, the former Tennessee Volunteer threw more than twice as many interceptions (33) as touchdowns (15) and compiled an underwhelming 8-14 record as a starter. After four unsuccessful seasons, his act got old so his football days ended. Given his success in college and failure in the NFL, it’s no surprise that Shuler would reminisce about his glory days in a commercial for Dish Network. Come to think of it, that’s the least acting he’s had to do in the last 20 years.
Matt Leinart was selected by the Arizona Cardinals with the 10th overall pick of the 2006 NFL Draft. Many experts projected that he would have been the #1 pick had he chosen to enter the draft after winning the Heisman Trophy as a junior, but he decided to stay at USC for his final year. Leinart’s senior stats were impressive, but he was overshadowed by the spectacular running of teammate Reggie Bush and ultimately dropped in the draft relative to initial projections. With an 8-10 record as a starter, Leinart threw for over 4,000 yards with 15 touchdowns and 21 interceptions in his NFL career. While his on-field performance wasn’t as bad as you might remember, his well-documented off-field activities probably changed your impression of him. Hey Johnny Football, are you listening?