As fans, we tend to skew our perceptions with a slant that favors players on our favorite teams. Right or wrong, Pittsburgh Steelers fans are included on the long list of the sports-crazed who tend to view most of their own athletes as underrated.
With a desire to do well each season (as well as optimism and the need to dissect the positives), it is only natural for a fan to view their favorite roster in this manner.
Likewise, it's equally difficult to give a completely honest assessment of a player's shortcomings, especially when living vicariously from week to week on the shoulders of such heroes, wishing and waiting for that moment when they take over the football game.
Considering their wave of recent success, the Steelers roster is clearly loaded with sublime talent, a cornucopia of great (if not Hall of Fame-bound) NFL players brought together for the single goal of making the Black and Gold be "Back and Bold" in 2012-13.
Yet, even the greatest of players can be viewed with rose-colored glasses, a sort of self-camouflage that the fanatic mind naturally creates to hide even the tiniest deficiencies. When the praise is too potent or their shortcomings are shooed aside, even the absolute best of the best can become overrated.
In fact, being overrated almost requires greatness. How else can a player garner the type of acclaim that puts them in such a category?
Ask yourself: Is there any player on the Steelers roster that you view as infallible, or who you would argue is the best at their position without having the slightest amount of open-mindedness about room for improvement?
Many players fit that bill with the majority of fans, and if that's the case, they're in the "overrated" red zone—which just happens to be an area of the field in which the Steelers offense couldn't have possibly been overrated last year by anybody!
The players on this list range from untested to iconic, and the pedigree of more than a couple of names listed on this countdown cannot be questioned.
However, instead of viewing overrated as a negative, one has to recall that the terms "overrated" and "bad" or "poor" are not synonymous.
In that regard, as we count down the four most overrated Steelers of 2012, keep in mind that greatness does not exempt a member of the Black and Gold from making the cut.