Most Overrated NFL Players of All-Time


Over at, they have put out a list of the most overrated NFL players of all-time.  Here is the list in full, feel free to comment if you think there are any missing.

Notes… Overrated doesn’t mean bad. It just means that the meed’ja can’t speak to any of your flaws, and that you’ve never taken abuse for your failings, while being praised for your successes. If you rolled this team out on the field, you’d win nearly every game, rating or no.

It’s also not a moral failing on the part of the player. In your career, you’d be thrilled to be overrated; it would mean that you’d be getting paid large for what you did, and wouldn’t have to worry about getting canned — heck, you’d probably get headhunted away for more cash from someone else.

It’s also harder, in my opinion, to be overrated in tough media markets. There’s any number of writers ready to take down anyone with a pedigree; unless you’ve got some kind of meed’ja mojo working, you’re going to get bloodied up a bit.

Finally, you really need to have played in the last 20 to 30 years, and probably less, to be exceptionally overrated. For all I know, Bobby Layne really was more like Bobby Hoying — but the world, um, doesn’t care about NFL history before the Super Bowl, as witnessed by the fact that no one talks about my 3-time champion Eagles.

Finally, no list is perfect, and I’m sure that everyone’s own choices will differ. Please be assured that your list will differ, and it will also be wrong.

Having said all that… let’s get to it!

10. Mike Alstott. Fullbacks block, score in short yardage, and generally go about their business of quiet obsolescence. Since Alstott was a good interview, broke some tackles, and scored a lot (71 TDs for his career, the Buc team record) he wound up being an 6-time Pro Bowl pick… and at least 3 of those were on name alone.

9. Randy Moss. Normally, I’m not one to put too much stock into playoff performance; it’s a small sample size, and all you need to do is have one good game to be known as Clutch Forever. But with Moss, we’ve got years of El Foldo performances, including last season’s complete disappearance from the Patriots — and we’ve got his complete quit job, along with the rest of his Vikings teammates, against the immortal Kerry Collins Giants. When your biggest playoff performance involves pantomime mooning, that’s not good… and we’re not even getting into the off-field nonsense.

8. DeAngelo Hall. Shutdown corners are wonderful, except when they aren’t. Hall’s numbers from a stat geek standpoint really aren’t worth his standing, especially now that the Raiders have paid a fortune for his services. You also have to love his, um, leadership when things started to go downhill in Atlanta last year. And if he was really good, why does Steve Smith utterly own him? (And OK, perhaps Hall really isn’t noteworthy enough to be a top 10 selection, so consider him a placeholder for your favorite overrated corner.)

7. Zach Thomas. There’s nothing quite like the old-school undersized gritty white linebacker with a long career for media mouth jobs. Thomas makes a lot of tackles, but most of them are downfield, and he’s got to be held responsible on some level for the terrible performance of this team in the past few years. There’s not much here here, and I’d be surprised if the new regime in Miami keeps him on for too much longer.

6. Terry Bradshaw. Let’s see, you’ve got the dominant defensive team of the era. You’ve got a relentlessly durable star RB, and a top-notch fullback. Your WRs are the definitive possession and speed guys of their era, so you are more or less surrounded by Hall of Famers. So just how amazing is four rings, especially when the team more or less carried you to at least half of those? (Again, I’m not saying that the player is bad. Bradshaw had arm strength, durability, some mobility and more than a few clutch moments. But there have been 100 other NFL QBs you could say that about.)

5. Jeremy Shockey. The Alstott of tight ends, only much more mouthy and injury-prone. He’s also very good at making drive-stopping drops. There are people who think the Giants are better off without Shockey, and note that the Super Bowl run only happened with him on the shelf, which gave Kevin Boss a chance to shine. Those people would be right.

4. William Perry. A situational defensive tackle who couldn’t stay in enough shape to play significant downs. A media phenomenon, and an inspiration to fat guys and nickname generators. But in terms of actual utility to a team, the Fridge is more or less ordinary… and the fact that he ended his career with a Super Bowl touchdown, while Sweetness Payton didn’t? Mike Ditka sucks.

3. This slot could be held by Ray Lewis, but that might make him angry. And we’re not going to do that, are we?

Besides, there is no way that a mic’ed up clubhouse performer who believes that spasmodic dance routines are part and parcel of real leadership, for a team that completely fell apart… well, he couldn’t possibly be, well, a big ol’ media whore, could he?

2. Joe Namath. Hardcore health issues. No mobility. In his signature career win in Super Bowl III, it was more the Jets defense and running game that led the way. The defining media /sports star of his league, and a relatively short career with mediocre completion percentages and high pick numbers.

When you watch film of him, he’s got the goods — fast release, tight spirals, the look of a winner. And perhaps he should be given a break for playing with a lot of bad teams and offensive lines. But really, if SB III doesn’t happen, no one remembers him.

1. Brett Favre. Like there could be any other choice? Take away his single Super Bowl win, he’d have had the Dan Marino career, but with a lot more media hate for the Vicodin abuse, the Javon Walker twerpishness, the multiple playoff-ending interceptions, the Strahan hook slide hand job…

Considered but not listed: Howie Long, Reggie Bush, Frank Gifford, Brian Urlacher, Warren Sapp, Dan Dierdorf, Terrell Owens, Vince Young

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16 Responses to “Most Overrated NFL Players of All-Time”

  1. Dave in Tucson says:

    You got a QB that was carried to multiple-SB-wins by an outstanding team and it’s not Troy Aikman? C’mon…

    Favre had a lot of help winning that Super Bowl. Doesn’t anyone remember the Packers had the #1 defense that year, too? The Packers defense was never the same after Reggie White left, and it showed.

  2. Ashley from Charlotte says:

    I’m shocked that Tom Brady isn’t on the list. He nothing but a cocky A-List Hollywood loving, brat with a great football record. OK we know he’s great on the field with addition of being good-looking (honestly i think there’s way better looking players), but his off season popularity is just overrated. Just because he becoming the future Brett Favre, his additude and popularity will become the future Joe Namath.BRING ON THE PIIMP COATS!!

  3. Buck says:

    You don’t know what the f you are talking about. Tom Brady is one of the best quarterbacks in the nfl. He is smart, accurate, and throws a very catchable ball. He is also captain comeback. He hasn’t won three super bowls for nothing and it’s not all because of Adam Vinateri. Hmph! Hmph! Hmph!

  4. Buck says:

    Brett Farve is not the most overrated player of all time. Yo mama is the most overated lover of all time

  5. Mark Engebretson says:

    What about Len Dawson? No SP IV, he’s forgotten, too.

  6. Chris says:

    “You don’t know what the f you are talking about. Tom Brady is one of the best quarterbacks in the nfl. He is smart, accurate, and throws a very catchable ball. He is also captain comeback. He hasn’t won three super bowls for nothing and it’s not all because of Adam Vinateri. Hmph! Hmph! Hmph!”
    I agree he’s the best qb in the league even if hes hurt.Hes the total package and hes no Joe Namath who is overrated and way more overrated than Brett Favre.

  7. Chris says:

    Ohh and I agree with Ray Lewis above all.An annoying media whore who I would have cut this offseason if I was Ozzie Newsome.

  8. shaun says:

    tom brady, eli manning, peyton manning, t.o.,

  9. teejay says:

    I personally dont agree with much on this list at all…good fullback first are hard to come by and mike alstott could whoop ass whether blocking or running the ball. teams constantly have to change their defensive strategy to adjust to randy moss’ downfield abilities. As a Steeler fan Terry Bradshaw was unpredictable but, he was a leader and he played damn good in the big games. Ray Lewis, another guy teams have to change game plan for… seldomly do teams have the balls to run right at him but he still finds the ball and leads the team in tackles year in and year out. Brett Favre, a great quarterback did throw many interception but could make up for them in the later quarters. Multiple records. Rarely missed a game. Awesome leader. But he does need to stay retired

  10. teejay says:

    ohh and i do really dislike the patriots but i do respect them and i respect tom brady he is a great qb and it is a toss up between him and payton manning every year..he is someone i would want starting quarterback for me

  11. john says:

    you dont know shit, farve,lewis and moss shouldnt be there, T.O, Gore and chad johnson should be on there

  12. kim nample says:

    most overrated players
    art monk why is he in hall of fame
    donovan mcnabb the born victim
    jerome bettis people forget he almost blew it against colts
    doug williams routing the denver in super bowl in the eighties big deal
    michael irvin alot of people catch the most perfect thrown pass in nfl history
    randy moss took too many plays off in minnesota and oakland
    terrell davis brought a man from army in right after him who had 1000 yards
    brett favre for about the last 9 seasons he is the reason his team has be eliminated
    jack lambert ham was better and joe greene dwight white lc greenwood come on
    steve young only reason he won a super bowl was the niners brought a defense and cheating the free agency system

  13. jb says:

    Lynn Swann should be on the list. He averaged 37 catches per season.

    • Jake says:

      I agree 100% Lynn Swann has worse stats than Joey Galloway and he’s in the hall for whatever reason. Also agree on Favre, Bradshaw, and Brady. They all have just had good supporting casts. Favre has multiple 25 or more interception seasons including a 29

  14. jake woelffer says:

    aron rodgers is the # over rated player of all time he sucks balls. and if he is feeling special he will eat them. HE SUCKS BALLLLLLLLZZZ

  15. Jay Nelson says:

    Brett Favre has more touchdown passes than any quarterback EVER. Also the most interceptions, yeah, I get it. Say what you will about his character, but numbers don’t lie. A quarterback’s job is to win games and throw touchdowns, he did plenty of both.