In sports such as football or basketball, when a white athlete excels, that player receives more hype than the average player because they are the minority.
Now, that is not the situation with all or even most athletes on this list, but it's still a common theme.
Calling an athlete "overrated" is not saying that they are bad. Michael Jordan is overrated. Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are overrated.
It's just pointing out that those athletes have received more hype than they deserved.
On that note, here are the 25 most overrated white stars in sports:
He has three rings! How dare I call Tom Brady overrated?!
Well, the average New England hater would remind you to put an asterisk next to those three Super Bowls. Plus, the Patriots defense was the most important part of the team during that dynasty.
When Tom Brady and the offense was what won games for New England in recent years, they have failed come playoff time.
Steve Nash is not only one of the greatest passers in league history, but shooters as well.
The reason he is overrated is because he's pretty much all offense. Scorers like Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh have often been a target of criticism because of their focus on the offensive end, but Nash hasn't taken nearly as much heat.
That Suns defense is the reason Nash is still without a ring.
If you go on YouTube and watch a Jimmer Fredette highlight video you'd think, "This guy hits everything." Well, duh, it's a highlight video.
He was forced to do it all down the stretch for BYU and couldn't live up to the hype that was "Jimmer Fredette, unlimited range." Lack of athletic ability and defense will force him to focus on being more of a catch-and-shoot type player in the NBA rather than the scorer he was at BYU.
Alexander Ovechkin is considered by most to be the most talented player in the NHL. There's no doubting that, but he just hasn't ever put it together when it mattered most.
He's never been able to win a championship and until he does that, there will always be that monkey on his back. The Washington Capitals have been eliminated in the playoffs the last three years in a Game 7 loss.
That's including their first-round collapse last year against the Montreal Canadiens as the No. 1 seed.
Jonathan Pabelbon's career couldn't have started off much hotter. He threw the series-clinching strikeout in the 2007 World Series and in 2008 he had the lowest WHIP in baseball history.
His hype was through the roof, but recent events have shown how overrated he was, or at least now is. In the 2009 playoffs, he blew a save in the third game, which led to the Red Sox being swept. In 2010, he had so many blown saves, he's now in danger of losing his job or even getting traded.
If you don't believe Alexander Ovechkin is the best player in the NHL, Sidney Crosby is probably your pick.
Unlike Ovechkin, Crosby has won Stanley Cup title to complement his impressive statistics. But despite his talent, he's been criticized for his lack of toughness.
In hockey, a sport that prides itself on toughness, Crosby just doesn't fit that persona.
Ben Roethlisberger has won two Super Bowls and is known as one of the game's best closers, but like Tom Brady, he's still overrated.
The Big Ben of Super Bowl XL was arguably the worst quarterback to win a title ever—yeah, even possibly worse than Trent Dilfer. Obviously, he's vastly improved and he led the Steelers to a magical game-winning drive in Super Bowl XLIII, but it's impossible to argue that Troy Polomalu and that unbelievable Pittsburgh defense wasn't the heart and soul of those teams.
Fernando Torres was part of one of the biggest transfers in soccer history as he was traded for a total of 50 million pounds (that's more than $50 million).
His expectations were high to begin with, but that transfer increased them even more. He's just another player that carries so much hype, he can't even come close to fulfilling it.
Dirk Nowitzki is arguably the greatest shooting big man in league history, but he's never won a championship.
Like his old teammate Steve Nash, he's an elite offensive talent, but is lacking on the defensive side of the court. It seems like every year the Mavericks look like a championship contender in the regular season, but then choke come playoff time.
In a 2006 player poll for who was the most overrated player in the NFL, Brian Urlacher finished second only behind Terrell Owens.
He was named to the NFL's all-decade team and is the Chicago Bears' all-time tackles leader on a franchise that boasts linebackers Dick Butkus and Mike Singletary.
When NFL scouts were polled by Sporting News on who they believed was the most overrated linebacker and player overall, Urlacher's name came up early and often. The scouts didn't deny that Urlacher was a great talent, but just that his hype far outweighed his production.
Andy Murray was supposed to be one of the top tennis players in the entire world. He's had success, but still hasn't fully lived up to expectations.
Failure to win a Grand Slam is one of those reasons. He's 0-3 in Grand Slam finals in his career.
Wayne Rooney is a very talented player, but he's inconsistent—very inconsistent.
Let's just say defense isn't his specialty either. He's also known for a quick temper that can get the best of him.
I feel like I'm at a Wayne Rooney roast.
Ana Ivanovic was once known for her tennis skills when she was ranked No. 1 in the world. Now, she's pretty much just known for her good looks.
This may be the only picture on this website of her actually playing tennis.
Roberto Luongo is one of the top goalies in all the NHL.
His failure in the postseason, though, earns him the overrated label. Some would even consider him a choke artist.
Maria Sharapova is another female tennis "star" whose looks have far out-hyped her play.
She was once ranked No. 1 in the world, but definitely not anymore.
He's playing in New York City, the Big Apple. Everyone is overrated on the Yankees, and I'm a Yankees fan.
The hype Joba Chamberlain received in that market was incredible and it's just so hard to live up to those types of expectations. He's a good pitcher, and still has the potential to be great, but he's arguably the most overrated player in all of baseball.
A man who talks as much as Brock Lesnar is going to receive a lot of attention. A man who receives as much attention is Brock Lesnar is going be very hyped.
He lost his championship title to Cain Velasquez, who defeated him in the first round in 2010.
Danny Woodhead is overrated for pretty much the same reason as Peyton Hillis: He's a white running back. White running backs, before those two, were thought to be extinct.
He's a very talented third-down back, but that's it. Right now he's in the running for the Madden '12 cover like he was a Pro Bowler.
Forrest Griffin is basically the Rocky Balboa of MMA. He's received a lot of hype because of his appearances on the reality TV show The Ultimate Fighter.
He is a former UFC light heavyweight champion, but "former" is the key word. He was knocked out by Anderson Silva in just over three minutes into a fight back in 2009.
Eli Manning is another passer who is in the running for worst quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl.
Sure, he has a ring, but everyone knows that his defense carried him. He has a 73.9 passer rating that season.
Manning has only really had one great season, back in 2009, and the rest of his production is solid at best while walking the line of mediocrity.
Fedor Emelianenko is known as arguably the greatest MMA fighter of all time.
He's never actually fought top UFC competition, but that's not the biggest reason he's overrated. The amount of hype this guy receives is incredible.
His fanbase is known as being as defensive as a mother bear when bashing any Fedor hater.
While most players draw comparisons to other current or past NFL players, Peyton Hillis is most often compared to Chuck Norris.
There's no denying his talent. It's just that the hype surrounding Hillis this past season was insane.
Chuck Norris: enough said.
Let me make this clear: Florida Gator Tim Tebow is not overrated. Denver Bronco Tim Tebow is.
It's hard for him not to be at the moment. He's entered the NFL as one of the greatest college football players of all time. Of course there is going to be tremendous hype.
Tebow had his fair share of great moments, but the Broncos, as many would call it, "hid" him this past season.
Frank LeBoeuf called David Beckham overrated and blamed his "nice face" for his soccer success. Even Diego Maradona, one of the greatest soccer players of all time, called Beckham overrated.
Beckham has just been so hyped for so long that his reputation has far exceeded his talent.
It was very difficult for me to even call car racing a sport, but Danica Patrick blew away the field so bad that I forced myself to think redneck for a moment.
She's won one race. That's it, but still, she's the face of the IndyCar Series and is arguably the most widely known name in NASCAR.