The 20 Most Overrated Athletes of 2022

The 20 Most Overrated Athletes of 2022

Athletes today are getting more media attention than ever before, especially with the continued rise of social media. While that attention is often warranted, that’s not the case with everyone and, as a result, some athletes receive far more praise than they deserve – this is how overrated athletes are born. 

Now, let me make one thing clear – as a fan of practically any and every sport out there, I have absolutely no problem giving credit where credit is due. If an athlete deserves the hype, then they should get it – plain and simple. At the same time, hype needs to be earned and its intensity needs to be reasonable.

Unfortunately, that’s not what we see in the sports world today. We’re often quick to put an athlete on a pedestal and it almost always leads to disappointment when they can’t maintain that level of play over a long period of time. At that point, the hype should either stop or lose its intensity – but it never really does.

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Who Were the Most Overrated Athletes of 2022?

The 20 Most Overrated Athletes of 2022
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Personally, I like to group overrated athletes into one of four categories – those who receive more praise than their play warrants, those who are favored by the media (despite underperforming), those who aren’t held accountable when things aren’t going right, and those who spend too much time on the injury report.

For example, Jake Paul topped our list of overrated athletes last year and I would say he fell into that first category. It’s not that Paul wasn’t winning his fights and it’s not that he didn’t deserve the praise, but we were treating him like the second coming of Muhammad Ali, despite only fighting mediocre boxers. 

That brings us to this list – the most overrated athletes of 2022. It’s a list that will almost definitely be met with criticism and one that comes as more opinion than fact, but I’ll do my best to explain my reasoning behind each athlete on this list. Without further ado, let’s meet the most overrated athletes of 2022.

WARNING: There are quite a few quarterbacks on this list because, let’s be honest, a majority of them are highly overrated. 

20. Jack Eichel – Vegas Golden Knights

Jack Eichel is no scrub on the ice – he’s one of the most talented forwards in the NHL and has been since entering the league in 2015. Unfortunately, what he possesses in talent, he lacks in leadership and isn’t exactly a team player. And in a league where players are scoring 40+ goals on the regular, he’s not. 

In fact, Eichel has never scored more than 36 goals in a season and that came in 2019-20 – the only time he surpassed 30 goals in a single season. Since then, he has struggled with injury, was traded for more than he was worth, and hasn’t been the type of superstar Vegas was hoping for. At least they’re winning.

19. Carlos Correa – Minnesota Twins

Carlos Correa was the biggest MLB free agent ahead of the 2022 season and it was all anyone talked about for months. Experts said the winner of the sweepstakes would become an instant World Series contender – after all, he was coming off the best season of his career. Eventually, he got signed. 

The Minnesota Twins signed him to a three-year deal worth more than $100 million, but the team went just 78-84 and missed the postseason. Correa saw his batting average increase, but his home runs, runs, RBIs, and doubles were all down from a year ago. And they rewarded him with an even bigger contract.

18. Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving is easily one of the most annoying players in the NBA. At the same time, he’s one of the most talented. If we’re here to praise athletes for their talent and talent alone, Irving is properly rated – we all know how good he is. Unfortunately, his off-court antics often overshadow his performance on the court.

It doesn’t matter what sport you play, the best ability will always be availability. It’s easy to put a player on a pedestal for his play, but they also need to be held accountable for the things they say and do off the court. What I’ve noticed is that his antics often get overlooked just because he can score at absolute will.

17. Mac Jones

Mac Jones is one of those quarterbacks that everyone always seems to have an excuse for. At the end of the day, what they’re not willing to admit is that he’s average at best. He doesn’t really do anything extremely well and, while he can manage a game, that’s only if his defense and running backs are ballin’.

In 31 games since entering the league in 2021, Mac Jones has a 16-15-0 record (most of those wins came at the hands of the defense) and has thrown for 6,798 yards, 36 touchdowns, and 24 interceptions. He threw 11 interceptions in 14 games this season, including two games with three interceptions each. 

16. Jimmy Garoppolo

I am so happy the San Francisco 49ers have Trey Lance and Brock Purdy because they can finally move on from Jimmy Garoppolo – perhaps the league’s greatest game-managing quarterback. Most of his success has come at the hands of his coach and the weapons around him – who make him look good. 

If you ask me, the role of a quarterback is to make his weapons look better – not the other way around. Many people will be fooled by his 40-17-0 record as a starter, but that’s no reason to put your trust in Jimmy G. Unfortunately, he’ll likely find a new team this offseason and be rewarded with a large contract.

15. Dak Prescott

Put him up against a bad defense and Dak Prescott will look like one of the best QBs in the league. Put him up against a good defense and he’ll disappoint you 8 times out of 10. I thought the Cowboys would learn their lesson when their backup quarterback came in and held the fort down, but they didn’t. 

Prescott has averaged more than 300 yards per game over the past three seasons, but only put up 238 yards per game this season. He threw for 23 touchdowns and, while he only played in 12 games, he led the league with 15 interceptions – more than one per game. He then had five more picks in the playoffs.

14. Juan Soto

Between 2020 and 2021, Juan Soto had a .322 batting average, 42 home runs, 132 RBIs, and 150 runs scored in 198 games played for the Nationals. He was batting well, but wanted to play for a winner and turned down a 15-year, $440 million contract in July – would’ve been the biggest contract in MLB history. 

He ended up playing 101 games for the Nationals last season and saw his batting average dip to .246 during that span. He was then traded to the Padres, where he batted even worse (.236) in 52 games. The Padres were supposed to contend for a World Series, but ultimately lost in the NL Championship Series.

13. Trae Young

Trae Young scores as well as anyone in the NBA and is among the leaders in assists each year, but no one wastes more possessions than him. And it’s not just the turnovers (averaging 4.1 per game over his career and currently leads the league in that category), but also his questionable shot selection at times. 

The main reason Young is on this list is he gets treated like a franchise player when he’s not. His team is just 24-23 this season and his big stats don’t always equate to wins – reminds me of Russell Westbrook. And don’t get me started on his performance in last year’s playoffs (15.4 points, 6.2 turnovers per game).

12. Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa is another case of ‘the best ability is availability.’ He’s a pretty good quarterback when on the field, especially now that he has weapons (a lot of them, might I add), but I don’t want my starting quarterback playing 13 or less games each season – which is what he has done since being drafted.

He only started 13 games this season because he suffered three concussions – Week 3, Week 4, and Week 16. While it’s not entirely his fault, injuries are injuries and they make you unavailable. And some of these hits he takes that end in an injury aren’t the worst hits I’ve ever seen – some of them are even soft.

11. Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers deserves all the credit in the world for what he has done in the NFL leading up to this season – he’s one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever throw the ball. With that said, this article is about 2022 and Rodgers didn’t bring it. After three straight seasons with a 13-3 record, the Pack went just 8-9. 

And while Rodgers hasn’t thrown more than 10 interceptions in a season since 2010 and hasn’t thrown more than five interceptions over the past four seasons, he threw 12 of them in 2022 and failed to make the playoffs. To think the Packers gave this man nearly $50 million in hopes of leading them to a title.

10. Rudy Gobert

The Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves broke the internet – and the NBA, quite frankly – when they agreed to a trade that sent Rudy Gobert to the T-Wolves in exchange for four players, five draft picks, and one draft pick swap. All five of the picks were first rounders, including the No. 22 pick in the 2022 draft.

When Gobert joined the Timberwolves, he was creating what was supposed to be an indestructible front court, alongside Karl Anthony Towns. While his numbers taking a hit was expected, no one expected the Wolves to be just 24-24 at this point of the season. Maybe he wasn’t worth giving up the entire future of your franchise. 

9. Kyle Schwarber

I get it, Kyle Schwarber hits a lot of dingers. He has hit at least 30 home runs in four different seasons, including putting up a career-high and NL-leading 46 home runs in 2022. Unfortunately, that’s about the only thing he does exceptionally well and is known for hurting his team just as much as he helps them. 

Let’s look past the home runs. In 669 plate appearances and 577 at-bats, Schwarber only had a .218 batting average this season. And while he was named to the All-Star and won a Silver Slugger award, he led the entire MLB with 200 strikeouts – for reference, that’s the 16th-most strikeouts in a single season in MLB history. 

8. Tom Brady

I’ll say it – Tom Brady needs to retire immediately and never should’ve come out of retirement in the first place. Sure, he threw for 4,694 yards this season and still looked better than a lot of QBs in the NFL, but he’s 45 years old and actually looked like it this year – throwing 18 less touchdowns than the year prior. 

His team went 8-9, marking just the second time he failed to finish a season with double-digit wins – not including his rookie season (didn’t play) and 2008 season (only played one game due to injury). Still, many people are trying to act like he still has another Super Bowl victory in him – he doesn’t. 

7. Draymond Green

Draymond Green is so protected and overrated that even brutally punching his teammate in the face – regardless of the context – during a practice doesn’t lead to much of a punishment. In fact, he was only fined for the incident and it was him that decided to step away from the team temporarily – not the team.

On the court, he does a lot of things well – nothing’s more impressive than his ability to direct his team. Still, there has only been one season where I feel he was deserving of a spot in the All-Star game – in 2015-16 – yet, he has been there four times including last season. He is and always has been overrated. 

6. Kyler Murray

People can say Kliff Kingsbury was the problem with the Cardinals’ offense, but those are also the same people that were saying he’s the perfect coach for them two years ago – especially with Kyler Murray under center. To be honest, I believe Murray is the problem in Arizona and we’ll see that develop in 2023.

First off, Murray has missed 10 games in the past two seasons and is just 12-13 when on the field – including 3-8 in 11 games this season. He’s not very good at controlling the offense, has a hard time sustaining drives, and is only a threat because of his legs – which he doesn’t use that much anymore.

5. Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons was one of the most overrated athletes in 2021 and things are no different in 2022 – well, the only difference is he’s actually playing this time, but that might be doing him more harm than good. At least when he was on the bench in street clothes, there was a hope that he’d play well when he returned. 

That hope has now been shattered. While many people thought he could resurrect his career in Brooklyn, he hasn’t quite lived up to the hype. In 35 games this season, he’s averaging 7.5 points, 2.4 turnovers, and 3.5 fouls per game – the latter was a career-high. He rebounds and dishes assists, but that’s it.

4. Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook averaged a 22-point triple-double during the 2020-21 season and was expected to bring that same type of energy to the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2021-22 season. Instead, he put up 18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 7.1 assists – still good, but wasn’t enough to get the Lakers into the playoffs. 

Things have only gotten worse this season – he’s averaging 15.9 points per game, which is the second-worst of his career. His rebounds are down to 6.6 per night and he’s averaging 3.5 turnovers per game. He now comes off the bench and, as always, doesn’t see his efforts translate to W’s in the win column.

3. Zion Williamson

Why do we keep hyping Zion Williamson up every year? He gets paid more than $10 million per year to sit on the bench – money that could be spent on players that can actually stay healthy. Sure, he’s a physical force when on the court, but that doesn’t do you any good in street clothes on the bench. 

Williamson is in the final year of his four-year, $44 million contract he signed following the 2019 NBA Draft. That’s a lot of money for someone who has only played in 114 games – I’ll say it again, 114 GAMES – over the past four years. Let’s just ease up on the hype until we (if we) see him play a full season. 

2. Patrick Beverley

Patrick Beverley isn’t really on this list because other people overrate him – he’s on this list because he overrates himself. For someone who only has one element to his game – annoying the opposing offense with abnormal defensive technique – he sure acts like he’s one of the better players to play the game. 

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Beverley is on his third team in as many years – teams are finally starting to realize that his play doesn’t contribute to a lot of wins. It’s entertaining, he’s funny with his trash talk, and he knows how to pump up his team. At the same time, he doesn’t bring anything else to the table.

1. Russell Wilson

I’ve talked about a lot of quarterbacks on this list, so I’m sure everyone saw this one coming. Despite being a football fan my entire life, I’ve never really seen someone go from being one of the best QBs in the league (for 10 years, nonetheless) to being one of the worst QBs – that was Russel Wilson in 2022.

Just look at all the hype he received after being traded to the Denver Broncos – he was supposed to lead them to the promised land. Instead, he looked worse than their previous quarterback and even his backup in Seattle played lights out in his absence. Maybe his success was tied to Pete Carroll this whole time. 

What About the Most Underrated Athletes of 2022?

Where there are overrated athletes who get way more attention than they deserve, there are also underrated athletes who don’t get enough attention. It’s a balance that never seems to fail in sports and a balance that the sports world needs – let’s be honest, none of us mind a little controversy in sports. 

With that said, some of the most underrated athletes of 2022 include Jared Goff (Detroit Lions), Trevor Lawrence (Jacksonville Jaguars), Andrew Wiggins (Golden State Warriors), Jrue Holiday (Milwaukee Bucks), Justin Tucker (Baltimore Ravens), Kevin Huerter (Sacramento Kings), and much more. 

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My challenge to sports fans is to be a little more mindful about who we give our attention to – the more we empower athletes for mediocre play, the more often we’re going to be met with mediocre play. Of course, we’re all going to root for whoever we want to root for anyway – so as long as we’re all having fun!

20 Overrated Athletes of 2021

When athletes don’t live up to the hype or garner more attention than deserved, they’re labeled by many – including me – as overrated. These athletes are usually overpaid and receive far too many opportunities in their respective sport to not produce at the highest level possible. 

Any athlete that makes it to the professional level is going to be far more talented and skilled at that sport than the average person. You don’t make it that far in any sport without falling in that 1%. At the same time, not all athletes are made equal and some are more skilled than others.

In regards to overrated athletes, it’s not that they aren’t good at their sport and it’s not that they didn’t work hard to get to where they are. It does, however, have everything to do with the expectations that they fail to live up to – despite receiving plenty of opportunity to succeed.

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Which Overrated Athletes Receive Too Much Attention?

20 Overrated Athletes of 2021
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Let’s be honest, we all have those athletes that we just can’t seem to understand why they’re so popular. The fact that so many people continue to support these overrated players as if they’re superstars in their respective sport is beyond me – yet, it’s something that happens every year.

Overrated players are usually cocky, selfish, and full of themselves. They expect everyone around them – including teammates, coaches, and refs – to be perfect, yet they fail to live up to those expectations themselves. It’s not supposed to be a good look, yet they make it look good.

Of course, then there are the overrated athletes that stick to themselves and aren’t prima donnas. They’re still overrated and shouldn’t be given all these opportunities, but they don’t make matters worse by being self-centered – I mean, that has to stand for something, right?

20. Draymond Green

Draymond Green is only as good as the teammates he plays with – and even then, he’s still not that good. He does good things for his team and is a good teammate, but his production is average at best. He hasn’t averaged more than 8.4 points per game in the past four years. 

His best years came when opposing defenses were too busy trying to contain the likes of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant. If you ask me, anyone in the league can perform well when playing alongside those three. Since Durant left, his production has dropped.

19. Carson Wentz

There was a time when Carson Wentz was viewed as one of the most promising quarterbacks in the NFL. Unfortunately, injuries have kept him off the field more often than he would’ve liked. He had three good years in Philly, but also two terrible seasons – including his 2020 campaign.

That campaign resulted in Philly trading him to Indy, which has certainly worked out well for the quarterback thus far. He’s reinventing himself and has 25 touchdowns to just 6 interceptions this season, but he’s still wildly overrated and we need to see this play on a more consistent basis. 

18. Patrick Kane

Patrick Kane is one of the greatest American-born hockey players of all-time. He has won three Stanley Cups and six major awards in his 15 years with the Chicago Blackhawks. There’s no denying his offensive prowess, recording 411 goals and 702 assists over 1,055 career games. 

With that said, the reason Kane is on this list is because of his defensive play – or lack of it. He’s always putting his goalie and defensive pair in a tough position, often resulting in goals for the other team. Someone with his status in the NHL world should be more defined defensively.

17. Cam Newton

If this list were created a few years ago, then Cam Newton would definitely be in the top-five. While he’s still overrated in the eyes of many, I have him listed this high because many fans are starting to realize just how overrated he is. As more people see that, the less overrated he is. 

With that said, I firmly believe that there are at least a dozen active quarterbacks that deserve a job in the NFL more than Newton. With Carolina putting their trust in Cam this season, it goes to show that some people still view him as an impactful player – unfortunately he’s far from it.

16. James Harden

James Harden is one of the most versatile scorers in the game and has been for quite some time. There’s no denying his talent and he has earned the respect of the NBA community. With that said, this season has exposed Harden in a way that isn’t going to surprise a lot of people. 

We all know that Harden made a career at the free throw line, but let’s be honest – a lot of the calls against him are BS and we can see that now with the NBA rule changes in effect this season. He’s not getting the calls he once did and has struggled at times this season. 

15. Erik Karlsson

Erik Karlsson was once viewed as one of the best defenseman in the NHL during his time with the Ottawa Senators. He then enjoyed two productive seasons with the San Jose Sharks, but has been a shell of his former self ever since then. He’s still talented, but definitely overrated. 

Over the past two seasons, Karlsson has only recorded 41 points in 76 games. That’s not terrible for a defenseman, but it’s not up to Karlsson’s standards. Even his defensive output has suffered in the past two seasons. The analytics aren’t there and the statistics aren’t there either.

14. Carlos Correa

Carlos Correa is a former Rookie of the Year and helped lead the Houston Astros to a title in 2017 – even though the team cheated. He just finished his 2021 campaign and was fifth in MVP voting. He also won a Gold Glove and was an All-Star – it wasn’t a bad season by any means.

Correa is due for another contract and is hitting free agency this offseason. He will likely sign a massive deal with a contender, but it’s going to be a risky investment for that team. He’s not very consistent, he’s not someone you can rely on every night, and he’s injury-prone. 

13. Juju Smith-Schuster

Juju Smith-Schuster was one of the brightest young receivers in the NFL just a few seasons ago. He had an incredible 2018 campaign that ended with 111 receptions, 1,427 yards, and 7 touchdowns en route to making his first and only Pro Bowl appearance. It was quite a year.

Since then, Smith-Schuster has spent more time on TikTok than he has in the endzone. He had a decent season last year, but only recorded 15 receptions and 129 yards in five games before suffering a season-ending injury in 2021. At least he’s good at all those dances on social media.

12. Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. For those that aren’t aware, drafting a running back that high almost never ends well. While his career started as well as everyone expected, he hasn’t been the same ever since. 

Through his first four seasons, he had more than 1,350 rushing yards three times – including 1,631 rushing yards in his rookie season. He was also heavily involved as a receiver. He failed to amass 1,000 rushing yards in 2020 and could potentially fall short of that mark again in 2021.

11. Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving is one of the most talented and skilled players in the NBA. He can dribble as well as anyone, knows how to get his teammates involved, and can score as often as he wants. Unfortunately, that’s only the case when he’s on the floor – and that seems to be rare today.

Irving has only played in 74 games in the past three seasons – including zero thus far in 2021. He misses too much time due to injury, drama, personal reasons, and everything in-between. He’s unreliable and while he can help your team win, it often comes at a ridiculous expense.

10. Jamal Adams

Jamal Adams is one of those NFL players that talks the talk every single minute he’s on the field, but rarely walks the walk when it’s time to execute. He’s not a bad safety by any means, but many people regard him as one of the best safeties in the league, which he is far from. 

He got sick of playing for the New York Jets and wanted to play for a contender, so he forced his way to the Seattle Seahawks. Since then, he hasn’t done enough to help them win and the Seahawks are now worse than they once were. He’s no stranger to big hits, but that’s about it.

9. Trevor Story

Trevor Story is known as a speed-power type of player in the MLB. He’s one of the top shortstops and has been a quality player in the big leagues since 2016. In 2018 and 2019, he hit 72 home runs, 193 runs batted in, and had 50 stolen bases in 302 games (1,186 at-bats). 

In his two years since, Story has only hit 35 home runs, 103 runs batted in, and had 35 stolen bases in 201 games (761 at-bats). He’s still productive, but it’s clear he’s been on a decline the past two seasons. If he leaves the high elevation in Colorado, it’ll only get more difficult for him.

8. Drew Doughty

Drew Doughty is currently in his 14th season in the NHL – all of which were spent with the Los Angeles Kings. He’s a two-time Stanley Cup winner, one-time Art Ross Trophy winner, and one-time Calder Memorial Trophy winner. There’s no doubt he has enjoyed an incredible career.

With that said, his production and overall play has declined greatly over the past few seasons – almost to the point where he’s terrible. The analytics don’t speak in his favor and he’s not worth the $11 million yearly contract. He can still reinvent himself in LA, but in a much smaller role. 

7. Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper is a former first overall draft pick in 2010, Rookie of the Year winner, six-time All-Star, Home Run Derby champion, and just finished the 2021 season with his second MVP trophy. He led all major leagues with 42 doubles and had an impressive .309 batting average. 

Despite hitting more than 30 home runs in his past three full seasons (he had 13 home runs in the shortened 2020 season and was on-pace for 30+ home runs), Harper garners way too much attention and his production doesn’t translate to wins. He’s good, but definitely overrated.

6. Russell Westbrook

There’s a good chance we will never see another player like Russell Westbrook in the NBA, at least not for a while. He’s a one-of-a-kind player that does it all on the court – he shoots the ball, he drives to the paint, he gets his teammates involved, he plays defense, and he rebounds.

With that said, Westbrook’s production rarely translates to wins – as we saw during his time with the Rockets and Wizards. Even playing alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis isn’t going as well as planned. He’s one of those players that fills the stat sheet, unfortunately to no avail. 

5. Conor McGregor

There was a time when Conor McGregor was the UFC’s prized possession. He was the money fight that every fighter wanted. He joined the UFC in 2013 with a 12-2 MMA record. By 2015, he won his first seven UFC fights, was the Featherweight champion, and defended his title once. 

2016 was a weird year for Conor. He lost to Nate Diaz, but won the rematch five months later. Three months later, he fought Eddie Alvarez and won the Lightweight Championship. Since then, McGregor is 1-3 and looks like a shell of his former self. We’ll see if he can reinvent himself. 

4. Mac Jones

Mac Jones was drafted by the New England Patriots with the 15th overall pick in 2021. The Patriots are hoping he can be the franchise quarterback they’ve been looking for since the departure of Tom Brady. He certainly has a lot of upside, but boy is he overrated in the NFL. 

He’s having as good of a season as you’d expect from a rookie, but he’s extremely inconsistent and clearly doesn’t have the trust of his coaching staff – evidenced by his three pass attempts in a game against the Buffalo Bills. Many are calling him Offensive ROY, but it should go to Ja’Marr Chase

3. Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham Jr. looked like he could be one of the greatest wide receivers of all-time during his time with the New York Giants. At the same time, he was always involved in drama and caused more problems than he did success. That eventually led to his departure from NY. 

When he arrived in Cleveland, everyone thought there was no way the Browns could fail. In 29 games (2019-2021) with the Browns, he had 114 receptions, 1,586 yards, and 7 touchdowns. His lack of consistency led to his trade to the Los Angeles Rams. He’s unreliable at best. 

2. Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons was the first overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. While he didn’t play in 2016 due to a foot injury, he had an impressive first three years in the league – he won Rookie of the Year, was a steal champ, an All-NBA, and an All-Defensive player. 

He does a lot of things well, but there has always been a lot of criticism against him – largely because he can’t shoot the ball, he isn’t a leader, and he crumbles in clutch moments. To be that type of player and try to force a trade with a holdout just shows how immature he is as a player.

1. Jake Paul

What a year Jake Paul had in 2021. He grew his riches at an insane rate and was one of the most talked about ‘professional athletes’ in the world. Personally, I don’t consider Paul a pro athlete or a pro boxer and I don’t understand why everyone is so infatuated with his antics. 

While Paul made millions this year, he essentially stole that money from the boxing community. Since ‘turning pro,’ Paul has a 5-0 record. Of those five fights, none of the fighters were pro boxers. He fought a Youtuber, a retired NBA player, and the other three were against former UFC fighters. 

He certainly has some skill and seems to be improving, but don’t call yourself a pro boxer if you’re only interested in fighting non-boxers. Until you show me that, you’re nothing more than entertainment for those that are easily-fooled. 

Which Athletes Do You Think Are Overrated?

I think we can all agree that the athletes listed above are all fairly overrated – albeit some more than others, but they’re all overrated in their own right. With that said, I’m sure there are plenty of other athletes that some fans find overrated and those players should be highlighted as well. 

Of course, you also have athletes that were overrated throughout history. Some of those names include David Beckham, Michelle Wie, Pele, Eli Manning, Babe Ruth, Danica Patrick, Oscar De La Hoya, Lynn Swann, Tony Romo, Jack Dempsey, Joe Namath, and more. 

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At the end of the day, every athlete has expectations – whether those expectations come from their teammates, coaches, or themselves. The players that take those expectations and live up to them throughout their career are a blessing in disguise. Overrated athletes are far from it.

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