To win a championship in sports your team has to be nearly flawless.
You need to have a roster where every player makes a contribution to the team.
However, there are times when a championship team will have a gaping hole on their roster. They will fill that hole with a player who shouldn't even be a professional at his respective sport, let alone a champion.
Here's the 15 most untalented athletes to ever win a championship. Enjoy!
Note: In order for a player to qualify for this list he must have played a somewhat crucial role on his team during their championship season (started for the team in baseball or football, been at least in the rotation in basketball) .
Travis Taylor started at wide receiver for arguably the worst offensive team to ever win the Super Bowl- the 2000 Baltimore Ravens.
Throughout his career Taylor was hardly viable as a number two receiver, and got his ring for one simple reason- A dominant Ravens defense.
When Hideki Irabu was signed by the Yankees out of Japan he was supposed to be the next big thing.
It turned out that the only thing big about Irabu would be his stomach. Irabu carried a career losing record with a 5.15 ERA.
He also escaped it with three World Series rings, and a label from George Steinbrenner as a fat toad.
It amazes me that Craig Counsell is still in the league. He has been mediocre throughout his entire 15-year career.
He was always the guy who you put out there because you didn't have anyone else. And his batting stance resembled a five year old trying to learn how to hit.
But, somehow, someway two teams- the 2001 Diamondbacks and the 1997 Marlins- found a way to win a World Series with Counsell playing somewhere daily.
Mike Smithson got his ring with the 1987 Minnesota "how he f**k did they manage to win the World Series!?" Twins
Smithson was 10 games under .500 for his career, and should be happy his record was that good. How the Twins could win a World Series with this guy in the rotation is a mystery to me.
Will Perdue is one of the many players to benefit from playing with Michael Jordan.
However, his stats hardly reflected that. Perdue averaged 4.7 points and 4.9 rebounds, despite playing in a rotation that included Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan for much of his career.
However, he did manage to end his career with four more rings than Patrick Ewing, so at least he had something going for him.
This pick should stir up a lot of controversy.
Let em make one thing clear- I think Derek Fisher is a good leader, and I'll take him on my team any day, but the fact that he has now been the point guard for five NBA Championship teams is absolutely insane.
Sure Fisher has come through with some clutch shots and has been a great mentor for younger players here in the late stages of his career, but Fisher has never been an elite point guard, in fact, he's really never been better than average in his career.
You would think a guy who spent nearly his entire career playing alongside Shaq, Kobe, and Pau Gasol would be able to put up some nice numbers, but Fisher really hasn't.
He's a career 40 percent shooter from the field, and has averaged just 3.1 assists and nine points per game for his career.
Sure, he's not the worst point guard in the league, but he's nowhere near good enough to lead five teams (and counting) to an NBA Finals victory.
There's a reason why Dickey Simpkins only played seven seasons in the NBA.
Simpkins won three championship rings in his career, which certainly looks nice next to his career line of 4.2 PPG and 3.6 RPG.
Satch Sanders wasn't a horrible player, but when a player wins eight championships as a player who gets crucial minutes, and doesn't really do anything well there's a problem.
Through his seven year career Luke Walton has logged loads of minutes in the Los Angeles Lakers rotation.
However, it's hard to figure out why. He doesn't excel on defense, and he's not a great scorer, passer, or rebounder.
But I'm sure Karl Malone would be happy to know that Walton has also won two more rings in seven years than he won in his entire career.
People rip on Shaq and Dwight Howard for their terrible free throw shooting all the time.
You think they're bad? Why don't you take a look Carl Herrera's 1995 season where he shot 29 percent from the charity stripe.
No you're not seeing things, 29 percent.
Do you really need any more details?
Earl Cureton won two titles in his NBA career. However, he should be required to give them back because it amazes me enough that this guy ever made it to the NBA.
In 18 minutes per game for his career he averaged 5.4 points and 4.7 rebounds. It's a crime that this guy was allowed on the court.
How the 2000 Baltimore Ravens managed to win a Super Bowl with Trent Dilfer as their quarterback ceases to amaze me.
It's hard to even say that Dilfer was a decent game manager, throwing more picks than touchdowns in his career.
But, either way, he won a Super Bowl and nobody can take that ring away from him.
Jeff Hamilton has got to be one of the worst hitters of all time.
The guy had a career .234 average, couldn't run the 40-yard dash in under six seconds if his life depended on it, and he was a below-average defender.
Yet he started for the 1987 World Series winning Dodgers.
Throughout his 16-year career with the Yankees, Frankie Crosetti was known as the weak link in their lineup.
He had a career average of just .245, and even when he peaked he was no better than average.
However, Crosetti still managed to win eight World Series' as a player, and an absolutely mind-boggling total of 17 as a player and manager combined.
And the all-time worst player to ever win a championship is... Tim Laudner.
Laudner won his title on the 1987 Twins.
He was an absolutely awful baseball player. He was an average defender, and one of the worst offensive players in recent baseball memory.
In nine seasons he had a career average of .225. Not the type of stuff that makes you a legend.