Georgia Bulldogs NFL Draft bust No. 1: Tim Worley
1989 NFL Draft, Round 1, Pick 7
Pittsburgh Steelers, 1989-1993
Chicago Bears, 1993-1994
So who should be labeled as the biggest bust ever out of Georgia? While the nine players preceding this could potentially be shuffled around, there’s no disputing that Tim Worley wears the crown as the biggest NFL bust the Bulldogs have ever had.
The Steelers saw a lot of heart and perseverance in Worley, who had come back from a severe ACL injury and fought to regain both his health and academic status to be able to continue his college career.
Worley’s final year at Georgia was among the best single-seasons ever had by a Bulldog running back, and it garnered him unanimous All-American honors, as well as being named the SEC offensive player of the year.
Once again, the rookie campaign showed promise. Worley rushed for 770 yards and five touchdowns. The Steelers seemed to be on track to get exactly what they expected from the No. 7 overall pick.
However, in his second season, Worley’s production severely declined, and then his career became completely derailed by injuries, failed or missed drug tests, and a propensity to fumble the ball.
Pittsburgh gave up on Worley after five seasons and traded him to Chicago for a fifth-round pick. When you end up with a fifth-rounder in place of the No. 7 overall pick, you absolutely have taken a bust.