1. Last night Kobe Bryant became the youngest player in history to reach 30,000 career points, but his career isn’t all about success. ESPN discovered that Kobe is on pace to have missed more shots than anyone in history by 2013.
You can read John Hollinger’s piece here.
This just goes to show you, even the greatest, most successful athletes in the world fail. And many of them don’t just fail. They fail at historic rates.
2. Cy Young gave up more hits (7,092) and more earned runs (2,147) than any other pitcher in history. Today the award for the league’s best pitcher bears his name.
3. Cal Ripken Jr. is a beloved legend and Hall of Famer. He hit into 350 double plays in his career, which is more than any other baseball player who’s ever lived.
4. Brett Favre threw more interceptions (336), fumbled more times (166), and was sacked more often (525) than any other football player in the history of the NFL. And (despite his controversial final years) he’s one of the greatest QBs ever.
5. Wilt Chamberlain is a legend, best remembered for scoring more points in a single game than anyone ever has. But he also missed 5,805 free throws in his career. That’s more than any other basketball player.
6. John Elway won multiple Super Bowls, was known as one of the most clutch football players of his era, and is a Hall of Famer. But even he had issues. He was sacked 516 times in his career. That’s good for second on the all-time list.
(A sack isn’t purely a quarterback’s fault, but he certainly bears part of the blame.)