10 Underappreciated Athletes

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10 Underappreciated Athletes
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Why is it that the same guys keep getting all the love?

It seems these days that every story about the NBA revolves around LeBron James, every story about golf revolves around (a washed up) Tiger Woods, every story about baseball revolves around Derek Jeter and Mike Trout and every story about the NFL revolves around some kid in Cleveland who hasn’t played a single snap yet.

Are these really the only athletes we care about? Are they the only athletes that matter?

In a world dominated by superheroes, the men and women who fall short of greatness all too often fall through the cracks.

But let me clarify: underappreciated is not necessarily synonymous with underrated.

The athletes on this list will fill one of two categories:

1. Athletes who don’t get any attention when they rightfully should.

2. Athletes who are overly criticized—victims of lofty expectations who don’t get recognized for their accomplishments.

Now put your hands together and show a little love for a few athletes who hardly get any love at all.

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