I hear you. In high school, we had a sprinter who won the state 100m and 200m sprints, but didn't do a damn thing in or out of practice. He ran 10.93 to win state as a freshman, 10.79 to win as a sophomore, then quit cause he couldn't hack it. That 10.79 is on raw talent, he never worked in practice. He could have been amazing, gone to any school he wanted, but dropped track because he couldn't hack it, giving some BS story about how he had to be there for his grandma.
Yet the papers glorified him. They ate him up, everything this guy did, you heard about it. He went to visit his grandma, it was in the paper. He took a shit, it was in the paper. But then he quit, and didn't go anywhere. Still lives in the same town. The rest of us who actually worked our tails off despised him for what he gave up. I have respect for his speed, but none for his character.
I wonder how many coulda-been's there are out there like this.