Top 10 most overrated athletes in sports

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Top 10 most overrated athletes in sports

Top 10 most overrated athletes in sports
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Some athletes just get too much credit.

So here's a list of the 10 athletes in sports today that are perfect examples. One common theme about these 10 athletes listed is they have a combined zero championships. Now I know winning is a team stat, but for whatever reason these athletes fall apart when the pressure mounts. They shrink under pressure instead of performing in critical situations.

Where the athlete was drafted also matters. If a player was drafted No. 1 overall, he is held to a higher standard and sometimes that results in the player being overrated. Seven out of the 10 athletes listed were drafted in the first round. Contracts also mean something and are a factor to being overrated. If an average player is being paid top dollar or elite money, than he's being overrated by his team unfortunately.

Athletes can also be overrated from the team they play on or the city they play in. Sometimes an athlete will get too much credit because it's a big basketball city or it's a big football city. Another factor that can contribute to being overrated is off the field actions.

In the end, what the athlete does on the field says the most. If the player is good and they receive too much credit, someone has to point out they are overrated. Of course these players can one day get off this list by performing better when it matters most, but it is unlikely. Let's check out the 10 most overrated athletes in sports today.

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10. Danny Amendola

Danny Amendola
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I must have missed something. When did Danny Amendola become a superstar? Why everyone has him on free agent watch is beyond me.

The most receiving yards this 5-foot-11 receiver has in a season is 689. The most receiving touchdowns he has in a season is three. He had a great return season in 2009 and 2010, but that has become a thing of the past. Amendola has returned 19 total kick/punt returns in the last two seasons combined.

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9. Alexander Ovechkin

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Alex Ovechkin's points have decreased very year for the last six seasons.

He is a physical player, but he doesn't play his best come playoff time. He was even voted second most overrated by Sports Illustrated.

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8. Phillip Rivers

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Phillip Rivers wasn't the driving force of those successful Chargers teams. In the playoffs, Rivers has eight touchdowns and nine interceptions. Aside from that, he is not the best teammate and is always complaining.

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7. Matt Forte

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Matt Forte is pretty good, but not great.

He's not a game-changer. He doesn't fly off my television screen for big runs or take over games like everyone says he does. He also doesn't get into the end zone very often. His stats might be nice, but watching him play, he just doesn't show elite status.

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6. Derrick Rose

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Derrick Rose is a nice guy and a great athlete.

He just isn't a very good point guard and he can't stay healthy. Looking back at it now, it's painfully obvious that he shouldn't have won MVP.

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5. Michael Vick

Mike Vick
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Injury-prone, overpaid, small.

That pretty much sums up Michael Vicks career. He has always been a better runner than a passer. He has only played all 16 games one time in his entire career. The most yards he ever passed for in a season is 3303 yards.

Is that worth $100 million contract? Apparently two teams thought so.

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4. Russell Westbrook

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Can someone please explain to me how Russell Westbrook has taken 61 more shots than Kevin Durant?

Westbrook is a great athlete, just not a great point guard. Sometimes the best defense against Durant is Westbrook. What is amazing is that he's not getting better as an all-around point guard after five years in the league.

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3. Cam Newton

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Former No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton has a lot of talent.

However, his leadership is way below average and his ability to win games is terrible. Two minute drills are becoming a nightmare for the Carolina Panthers — it's either going to be a Newton fumble or interception to end the game.

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2. Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick
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It's great that she's the first women to win a pole and lead a lap at Daytona.

The only problem is that at some point, you have to actually win a race. She has yet to win a single NASCAR race in her career, and she is without a doubt the most talked about driver. At this pace, you would think she is on pace for the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

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1. Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard
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This should be an easy one.

You can stat me to death all you want. I know he leads the NBA in rebounds yet again. But the truth is he shrinks in big games, he's a big clown that jokes around too much, and he can't hit free throws. Next season, Dwight Howard will have his fourth coach in three years. Talk about a "coach killer."

Howard also isn't as big as everyone thinks he is. He's two inches shorter than Pau Gasol and 60 pounds lighter Shaquille O'neal.