The UConn Huskies football team hasn't always been a prime university for NFL prospects, so it's a special occasion when a player is drafted or signed.
Even with great success in college, some players failed to make an impact in the NFL and are now considered busts.
Vin Clements (Giants), 1972-1973: Vin Clements was well-known in Connecticut long before his days at UConn. He was an accomplished RB who helped contribute to rushing records at the time. He joined the New York Giants in 1972 but only ended up playing in four games.
The following season, he played in 12 games and gained 214 yards before he was cut. Clements is still a Connecticut hero, but he could have been a national one if it worked out with the Giants.
Mark Didio (Steelers), 1992: The Huskies WR got his chance at the big time in 1992, but he only played two games with the Pittsburgh Steelers. In those two games, he had a total of three catches for 39 yards and was never seen in the NFL again.
Shane Stafford (Browns), 1998: The man who once held the Huskies record for most touchdowns in a season didn't even get to set foot on the NFL field. He was signed by the Cleveland Browns in 1998 but never actually played an NFL game.
Stafford went on to play alternative football leagues on teams like the Tampa Bay Storm, Orlando Predators, and Dallas Vigilantes. He's averaged a 109 passer-rating in these leagues.
Keith Hugger (Giants), 1983: Another WR left without a chance to catch an NFL ball. Keith Hugger is a Huskies legend, and local fans would have loved to see him play for the nearby New York Giants. Even though he was signed to the team in 1983, Hugger did not play in any games.
Danny Lansanah (Packers), 2008: Linebacker Danny Lansanah had the chance to join the great ranks of the Green Bay Packers defense. He played in five games for the team and only recorded two tackles. He later joined the UFL where he is the current starting linebacker for the Las Vegas Locomotives.
Alan Donahue is a lifelong fan of the UConn Huskies and has spent his whole life in Connecticut. He has written hundreds of sports articles.
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