Skip to comments.Top 5 Most Overrated Athletes
Posted on 05/15/2014 1:17:52 PM PDT by BenLurkin
Its difficult to judge an athletes true worth, even if on paper its clear theyre either a mega-loser or a mega-winner. But once you go beyond the stats and sabermetrics, and really take a look at what theyve done, you inch a little closer to uncovering their true value.
In the cases of these five, we found a whole lot of nothing. These are some of the most overrated performers weve ever seen, and they should probably pay back all the money theyve earned and go work at a Walgreens or something. Or CVS, if they prefer. Were not picky.
5. Wilt Chamberlain
Unfortunately, outside of a plethora of womens phone numbers, he rarely won anything significant. In basketball, the ultimate team sport, Wilt was seen as a bad teammate, somebody who cared more about HIS shots and HIS stats than helping his team win rings. He won two titles, though given his gaudy numbers, plus the fact that his teams made the playoffs every single year he played save one, he really shouldve won more.
4. Danica Patrick
Heres the issue: shes never won. Its not just that shes never won a Sprint Cup plenty of people have never done that. Its more that, with the exception of ONE RACE back in 2008, shes never won anything. Shes started over 230 races and won one. She rarely even finishes in the top ten. For somebody touted as a super-duper star, thats pretty pathetic.
3. Deion Sanders
2. Dennis Rodman
1. Alex Rodriguez
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They made a big deal of Danica Patrick finishing in 7th place in a race last week. I was thinking WTF?
Agree completely on #1.
Tony Romo should be somewhere in the top 10.
As much as I hate to say it, being from Dallas, I’d have to put Dirk Nowitzki on the list.
Time for Tiger to be added to the list.
Dirk? Really? would you say that now, or for his entire career?
Touted by Chiefs coach Marty Shottenheimer as a franchise quarterback he delivered mostly bupkis(and injuries) while Rich Gannon delivered most of the W's.
Al Bundy. What has he done since his four touchdowns in a single game? Exactly.
He’s never been a good defensive player. And a guy his size shouldn’t be so reliant on making jump shots.
Deion Sanders absolutely overrated.
Danica Patrick. Need I say more. Who cares what kind of athlete she is? Danica delivers what her fans are looking for, as demonstrated by SI's emphasis on her athletic and toned body.
The other three are on the spectrum from thuggish to drug-enhanced to freakish.
Wilt may not have been a great basketball player, but I think he got a lot of people interesting in watching the game.
Agree completely on #1.
Re Wilt and his losing ways in history.
I saw the game cited below and knew two Aggies/Cowboys on the winning team.
“The Jayhawks won their next four games before losing to Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Cowboys held the ball for the final three and a half minutes in order to win the game 56-54. Both of the Jayhawks regular season losses were in part due to poor ball control by the Jayhawks./”
Re Danica Patrick, my wife and a younger relative in the past few months aske, “Has she won a race in the past several years?”
Now I can say, no.
I’ll add Joe Namath to the list
David Beckham....a good marketer, but I don’t think he was all that great of a player. So he could bend the ball on free kicks.
Righto. Danica is famous for being, A. female, and B. cute.
BTW, when did someone driving a car fast become “an athlete?”
Perhaps in his pro career; but as an Ohio State fan, believe me, we think there was nothing overrated about old Elvis after he shellacked us for That School Up North several times in the nineties.
But he cared only for his stats if given the choice between shooting a layup and losing the game, or passing to somebody in three-point range so they could shoot and WIN, hed almost certainly take the former.
What a moron!!!! This guy knows nothing.
Zez Confrey for sure.
I am going to dissent on Rodman. Forgetting about his crazyness, he was the main reason the Pistons won their titles, he revolutionized the game with his mastery of rebounding and his defense.
A lot of people argue Wilt Chamberlain was the greatest player ever. Apparently he had two championships, is the argument that he “should have” won more really valid?
I always thought his height was the whole story but he has a lot of supporters.
You mean Danica races cars, too?!?!
Everyone knew what they were getting with Rodman - great defense, great rebounding & zero offense.
No one disputes that so how is he "overrated"?
You’d add Tiger Woods to the list of most overrated athletes? In an off year, last year, he still won six events. He hasn’t won a major in a while, but he’s got, what, 15 so far?
I admit to being an apologist, but its because I’ve seen him do things even legendary golfers have never done. Winning a major on a broken leg, for example.
Probably, but I like him.
Us fat guys need to stick together.
Is it wrong to disagree on Danica being on the list after seeing that photo?
“Baby, you can drive my car.
Yes, you’re going to be a star.”
Can't agree about A-Rod. He is a jerk but a talented jerk.
I’ve got a driver, and that’s a start.
A-Rod does squat when it matters.
Like when he played for the Rangers, he only started to hit well long after the Rangers were already out of contention.
Joey Votto - $250 million singles hitter.
Chamberlain changed the way basketball was played. Only 2 titles? Great players go entire careers with a title. In Wilt’s case, having West, Goodrich, Baylor and Hairston didn’t hurt him. Question I always ask is if Wilt played on the 1978 Knicks, would he have made a difference?
Which brings up my number 1 pick.
Scottie Pippen. Jordan made him better. When Jordan left, Scottie stunk up the joint. He was the Larry Kenon of the NBA. Who is Larry Kenon you ask? He was Dr J’s sidekick when they played for the Nets of the ABA.
A Rod is a difficult one. Then again I was going to say Sammy Sosa.
So many issues on this. Basketball isn’t the ultimate team sport, that’s either hockey or football (I vote hockey because your star offensive players are only on the ice 1/3 of the game). But I’m not really sure how you can say a guy that made the playoffs all but one year of his career was bad. And as for whining that he’d shoot rather than pass for the final shot I sure hope this writer wasn’t one of the ones that constantly harped on LeBron for constantly passing instead of shooting. Part of being a star basketball player is you TAKE that final shot.
Has anybody ever actually claimed Danica Patrick is good? Can’t really be overrated when nobody says your good. She’s poster bait, and good for ratings.
As for Deion he’s completely ignoring the fact that Deion was a fantastic cornerback, and a very good kick returner, and a pretty damn good receiver. Yeah OK he was mediocre at baseball, but to do that AND be a 3 way player in football is pretty impressive.
I’m not really sure anybody says Rodman was very good. His real claim to fame on the court was courage, to be a great rebounder (which he was) is all about being willing to do it. You’re going to take a lot of elbows in the face which most players shy away from, especially as their career advances, Rodman never shied away. Everybody at the time was pretty honest about the fact that Rodman couldn’t shoot, or do much of anything else, but he had guts, which is all anybody needed from him.
Five years ago A-Rod was a valid entry on this list. But now nobody really thinks he was good, which again makes it hard to say he’s overrated.
And when he was in Detroit, he showed no signs of the freak he would later become.
Best line of the day (so far) Thanks Roscoe !
He does have over 500 home runs.
Who was the quarterback of the Eagles who threw up under pressure and RUSH used to say how the media cheered for him, which got RUSH kicked off ESPN.
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