I really feel bad about putting running back George Adams on our list of worst New York Giants' No. 1 draft picks since 1960. It should not have been this way. Yet, here it is.
Adams was a highly-touted 6-foot-1, 225-pound running back out of Kentucky who could run, catch and block when the Giants selected him 19th overall in the 1985 draft. He even had a good rookie season, gaining 887 yards from scrimmage (489 rushing and 389 more on 31 pass receptions).
So, what happened.
Adams suffered a severe hip injury during training camp in August of 1986. The injury wrecked his career as he never again gained more than 169 yards rushing in a season and was out of the NFL after the New England Patriots released him two games into the 1991 season. The injury led to Adams filing an unsuccessful lawsuit against the Giants and to having multiple hip replacement surgeries.
Who they could have had
Jerry Gray (No. 21, Los Angeles Rams) -- Four-time Pro Bowl defensive back
William 'Refrigerator' Perry (No. 22, Chicago Bears) -- The famous 'Fridge.'
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