Now that the NFL season is over I have decided to make it more routine to find the Milk Carton Athletes. I feel like it’s my duty to find these athletes that have gone missing. We previously profiled 3 guys who are missing in action. Over the next few weeks, we will continue to add to the list until we find out where these superstars are hiding.
In order to make the list, you had to have been a lottery pick in a sport or a perceived superstar.
Missing person #1 – Matt Leinart
Leinart played collegiately at the University of Southern California. In 2004, he led the Trojans to the BCS national championship and was named that year's winner of the Heisman Trophy as well as the winner of the inaugural Manning Award, which is awarded to the country's top quarterback.
The left-handed passing Leinart was selected tenth overall in the 2006 NFL draft by the Arizona Cardinals. Despite possessing what draft experts believed was a good frame for a quarterback (6'-5”, 230 pounds), they believed his lack of a strong throwing arm, such as that possessed by his predecessor, Carson Palmer (now with the Cincinnati Bengals), would be a detriment.
Leinart proved the scouts right as he has been a starter for only one season and he has been delegated to 2nd and 3rd string quarterback for most of his short career. He currently serves as the backup to the backup (3rd string) quarterback of the Houston Texans. Has anyone seen this super star athlete? We are tired of the imposter that has invaded his body.
Missing person #2 – Danny Green
Danny Green is a 6'6" guard-forward from the University of North Carolina. Danny has the most wins in North Carolina history: he played in more games (145) and had more wins (123) than any Tar Heel before him. He is the only player in ACC history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 250 assists, 150 three-pointers, 150 blocks and 150 steals.
Green was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers 46th Overall (second round) in the 2009 NBA Draft. He hasn’t really been seen since. He was inactive for most of the 2009 season, and he was waived by the Cavaliers at the beginning of this season. He was picked up by the San Antonio Spurs on November 17, 2010. However, the Spurs waived him two weeks later. Green has been missing since then and has not surfaced anywhere. Anyone with information on his whereabouts please contact the NBA developmental league.
Missing Person #3 – Rashaad McCants
Rashaad McCants was the most potent player in the big 3 to play at UNC during his tenure. McCants teamed up with Sean May and Raymond Felton to form a potent combination of scoring, speed, and power. After going 33–4 and winning the ACC regular season, McCants' 16.4 points per game helped secure UNC one of the four number one seeds in the NCAA Tournament. UNC cruised to the championship game, where McCants helped the Tar Heels defeat the Illinois Fighting Illini 75–70.
After winning the championship, McCants declared his eligibility for the 2005 NBA Draft, and was selected 14th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves. As of January 2008, Rashad had posted career-highs through his third season, with 34 points against the Denver Nuggets on January 4, 2008, 8 rebounds against the Miami Heat on January 8, 4 steals against the Seattle SuperSonics on December 29, 2007, and getting 6 assists five times. On December 26, 2008, he hit a career-high 7 three-pointers in a Wolves win over the New York Knicks.
On February 19, 2009, McCants was sent to the Sacramento Kings along with Calvin Booth for Shelden Williams and Bobby Brown. McCants then signed with the Houston Rockets in September 2009, but had his contract retracted on the second day of the training camp. The Rockets General Manager said McCants presented with an abdomen problem and would not be able to participate in the camp, though he also said he would still consider McCants down the track once healthy. That never materialized and McCants sat out the entire season.
McCants resurfaced in the NBA at the beginning of the 2010 – 2011 season signing with the Dallas Mavericks. He was later assigned to the Mavericks Developmental League associates Texas Legends. Mid season Rashaad went missing only to find out he had become a movie producer and was starring in his own hit movie as a bi-sexual shoplifter alongside porn star Traci Lords. Check out the preview:
Say it ain’t so Rashaad.