He was a star in college; a superstar really. He won his sport's highest honor and his success coupled with charisma, aw-shucks charm and boyish good looks brought him a massive cult-like following, especially among the true believers.
Of course when it came time to jump to the next level, his detractors had a field day scrutinizing every little aspect of his game. All "they" wanted to do, it seemed, was hate on him. They wouldn't talk about him being a winner, all those jerks wanted to talk about was what he wasn't.