Most Texas Tech football fans look back on the career of former wide receiver T.J. Vasher as a disappointment. After all, he never had more than 687 yards or seven TDs in a season despite possessing out of this world physical tools.
But in a video game, Vasher would have been a dominant weapon to use. In fact, given the way that the EA Sports video game franchise used to let big outside receivers go up and make spectacular receptions, Vasher might have been unstoppable. Of course, at 6-foot-6 and with the background of being a high-school basketball star, Vasher should have been unstoppable in real life too as he had an uncanny ability to make jaw-dropping plays at times.
Unfortunately, a lack of maturity off the field and inconsistency when doing the little things on it prevented him from becoming the type of player that his talent suggested he should have been. In fact, this past season, he caught just 19 passes for 227 yards and a pair of TDs in six games of action.
It was off-field concerns that seemed to be his biggest impediment. During his career, he never played in every game in a season, and on more than one occasion, he had to serve a team-imposed suspension.
The good news for Texas Tech video game fans would have been that those issues wouldn’t have impacted his avatar in the game. Thus, he would have been a great player in the EA Sports franchise. But what his avatar would have been able to do in that video game might not have compared to some of the insane catches he made in real life over the last four years.