Sports Illustrated has put out a piece on the “Worst non-active player by franchise” for each and every franchise, the Vikings included.
The player that the author the piece, Doug Farrar, picked was one of the franchises worst – wide out Troy Williamson, a player that came with a lot of hype who did very little.
WR, Minnesota Vikings
After trading Randy Moss to the Raiders, the Vikings had a need for speed in their receiver corps in 2005. They tried to solve this problem by taking former South Carolina star Troy Williamson with the No. 7 pick. At 6’1″ and 203 pounds, and running a 4.28 40-yard dash at the scouting combine, Williamson seemed to have all the base attributes for NFL success. Except for one thing: he couldn’t catch the ball. He dropped 11 passes in his rookie season to the 24 he actually caught, and his career catch rate with the Vikings was an absurdly low 47.3%. Williamson famously blamed this on depth perception issues, and then even more famously challenged then-Vikings head coach Brad Childress to a fight after he was traded to Jacksonville. Childress’s response was beyond classic. “Do you need my reach? I’m not like a woman; I’ll give you my weight. It’s 190 pounds of twisted steel and rompin’, stompin’ dynamite. Is that enough humor for you?” Sure is, coach. Williamson couldn’t turn it around in Jacksonville, either, and left the game with 87 catches for 1,131 yards and four touchdowns in his NFL career.