Top Ten Overrated Athletes

Jerry DeBoerContributor IApril 10, 2008

Every sport has them. Those players that you watch and just don't see what everyone else sees.  These players may be very good, but maybe they just do not live up to the expectations or hype. 

Here are my top ten overrated athletes from football, basketball, and baseball.

10. Adam Emmenecker. Don't get me wrong, I have tremendous respect for a walk-on point guard who has multiple majors, and led his team to the NCAA tournament.  I just can't get over his under-impressive stats on the court. 

He averaged just 8.6 points per game as a senior, and was still given the MVC Player of the Year honors. The reason I put him on this list, however, is the Western Kentucky game. 

The announcers gushed on and on about what a skilled passer he was, even when he made a run-of-the-mill chest pass to a teammate who then sank a 25 foot shot. 

Yes, he can pass, but it was annoying to hear them giving Emmenecker all of the credit when it was his teammates hitting big shot after big shot.

9. Ryan Mallett. As a Michigan fan, I got to watch the hyped freshman in action a lot last year, and I was extremely disappointed. 

Yes, he is 6 feet 7 inches and has a bazooka for an arm, but he is just not a good quarterback.  I went to the game against Minnesota where he could not even complete a screen pass. 

Sorry, Arkansas, but I'm afraid that all you have is a flamethrower who can't find the strike zone.

8. Joel Zumaya. As fun as it is to watch the radar gun hit triple digits, I have never felt completely comfortable as a Tigers fan watching Zumaya come in from the bullpen. 

Although he has a devastating curveball, it seems as if he insists on trying to throw the gas by the major league hitters.  For him to get off this list, he has to learn how to pitch. 

And maybe he has.  I just don't know because he is always injured.

7. Ryan Howard. How can a former MVP be overrated? 

Yes, the power numbers are very impressive, but 199 strikeouts and .268 batting average are just not good enough for my liking.  He can mash, but I really think he needs to hit .300 consistently to get off of my overrated list.

6. Brian Urlacher. Urlacher is a phenomenal athlete, and Bears fans will probably heavily disagree with this pick, but I just do not see him as the best backer in the game.  I think he is very blockable. 

His best years were when he had Traylor and Washington in front of him to keep the blockers away. 

Also, a game against the Patriots comes to mind, where he had a chance at an open-field tackle on Tom Brady, and he completely missed.  Juked by Tom Brady.  Think about that for a while.

5: LeBron James. LeBron is amazing, I cannot deny that, but my stance on him is the same of ESPN First Take's Skip Bayless. 

People keep comparing him to Michael Jordan, who is easily the best basketball player of all-time.  Michael has won six more championships than James, shoots better free throws than LeBron, and has hit many more clutch shots in big games. 

Also, LeBron is hurt far too often to be compared with Jordan. 

4. Tony Romo. Romo has played for almost two seasons, and he is one of the most hyped quarterbacks in the league. 

He had a very good season last year, but before you put him in with elite quarterbacks such as Brady, Manning, and Favre, he has to win a playoff game.  So far he is 0-for-2 and has not played well in either game.

3. Andruw Jones. Jones has had some decent seasons in the past, but I was wondering why he was one of the top free agents in the offseason. 

He is regarded as one of the best centerfielders in the game, but his career average is a very unimpressive .262, and he has only batted over .300 once in his career. 

This year he has gotten off to another shaky start, hitting under .200.

2: Vince Young. "He's a winner." That is what is associated with Vince Young. 

However, I have problems attributing the Titans' success with Young's play. 

In 2007, he threw only nine touchdown passes to seventeen interceptions.  Yes, he had a great college career, but he needs to prove he can play at the NFL level before he can be seen as the franchise quarterback that so many have labeled him.

1: Reggie Bush. Bush is much like Vince Young.  He is a phenomenal athlete who had an amazing collegiate career.  He is in so many commercials and ads, and he has not been good at all in the NFL. 

 Over two seasons, he has rushed for 1,146 yards, with a 3.7 average per carry.  A dynamic playmaker in college, his longest run from scrimmage is just 22 yards.  

The thing about Bush is that I do not think he will be any good in the NFL.  He is a 'tweener who is too small to take on the full rushing load, and doesn't have the hands to become a slot receiver.