The 50 Most Overrated Players in the NFL

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The 50 Most Overrated Players in the NFL
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Ask yourself: Who is the most overrated player in the NFL today? Who would be on your list of the top 10 most overrated players in the NFL today? If you are struggling to come up with 10 names, maybe you need to think about the question in a different way.

What if we asked who are the first 10 NFL players who come to your mind, the ones who receive far more publicity than their play on the field merits? Is it easier to come up with 10 names from that perspective? What if we plugged in the term "overhyped"? Are the names coming easier now?

NFL players who make more money than their play warrants is another way to identify overrated players. If you are of the opinion that everybody in the NFL is overpaid, then you can ignore the comment.

Another way to think about this topic is, if you see an NFL story on a player and as soon as you either see the player on the screen or hear his name your first reaction is that you want to change the channel, there is a very good chance that you have identified a player who is overrated.

We were asked not to just come up with 10 names, but rather the top 50 NFL players who are the most overrated in the NFL today. To help me out with this assignment—which is sure to make fans of the individual players who are named to this list jump up and defend their player—I am going to turn to some NFL players for help. We located a collective group of 111 NFL players from 31 NFL teams that agreed to participate in a poll by the Sporting News, to identify the NFL's most overrated player. 

If you feel the need to question their opinion, then I would have to wonder who else is in a better position to appreciate who the most overrated players are than fellow NFL players? These players voted, and their votes are good enough for me to qualify their choices for the final 17 names on the list. The NFL players surprised me with some of the names that they came up with.

As for the other 33 names, I came up with those, not because I have any personal issue with these players, but because that is my job. Now on to the presentation.

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