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.