It appears the ESPN stands for Ernie Should've Played Necromantically. How else can you explain the fact that they're calling the Syracuse great a bust?
In a new poll put out by the World Wide Leader they ask readers to vote for their "Simply Saturday" Top 10. It's been promoted as a list of "football players who sizzled in college but fizzled in the pros." The third name on that list: Ernie Davis.
Now I don't know if you've committed The Express to memory (and why haven't you?), but just about any Syracuse fan can tell you that the legend of Ernie Davis did not have a happy ending. After being diagnosed with leukemia shortly after being drafted by the Cleveland Browns, he died at 23 without ever playing an NFL down.
Lists like this are compiled all the time. They're usually done to poke fun at the busts and laugh about how bad the Raiders and Lions are at drafting talented players. They should NOT be used to characterize a tragedy as a "fizzle." To call one of the greatest players to ever wear a Syracuse uniform a bust when he never was given the opportunity to prove himself...
(H/T to Jameson)