I was being cheeky. You assumed that a championship ring, or lack thereof, factored into my opinion on a "wasted career". Sports history is littered with fulfilling careers without that crowning achievement. This mostly happens because that's the nature of competition. Karl Malone and John Stockton likely would have hoisted at least one Larry O'brien trophy had they not faced His Airness in two straight finals appearances. But that's not really what happened with Dez and Romo, and we all know it. These guys were limited by an outdated playbook and offensive philosophy for their whole careers. Ironically, it was the gifts of players like Dez and Romo that kept Garrett's offense afloat and his job secure. Anyone watching the bang-up job ol' Red is doing in New York now can clearly see this. So if you want to say that these guys raked in a lot of cash and therefore their careers weren't "wasted" then that can be your benchmark. But it doesn't really fit the context of the discussion sparked by Dez' comments. These guys never reached their full potential, and to me that’s a waste.