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Most underrated athletes of all time

  • Oct 25, 2009
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I'm very vocal about overrated athletes. After seeing my list of overrated athletes, many of you were wondering who do I consider underrated. Well here's my list.
1
Bill Laimbeer
The true enforcer of the NBA during the 80s. This guy should be in the definition of NBA defense. He'll do everything he can to play by the rules, and if that doesn't work, then its time to shut down the opposing teams offensive with any means necessary. Whether its a hard foul on guys driving to the hoop or a clean close line on a fast break, this guy made sure you're not getting any easy points against him. I mean this is the only guy who put Charles Barkley in a head lock beat the living crap out of him. How can you not give props to this guy?
2
Dennis Rodman
Like Laimbeer, he was the man to count on to rough up the opposing team. Stats may only show that he's a rebounder but you don't see what he really did on the court. This guy got in people's head and made them lose control. He punked Alonzo Morning, pushed Karl Malone around and even pissed off Shaq. How many guys you know is willing to go toe to toe with guys like that?
3
barry sanders
In my opinion, the greatest running back of all time. Even Emmitt Smith admitted that had he not retire early, he would've shattered many RB records. This guy was playing for the detroit lions and still somehow manage 1000+ yards every season for 10 season. I mean we're talking about the detroit lions here, the same franchise that went 0-16. In my opinion, had you put him in a decent contender, this guy would've probably broke 2000 yards many times.
4
greg maddux
The best pitcher of the last 20 years hands down. He and Roger Clemens were neck in neck in wins but the rocket got so much more attention because of his late year surges. Not many people remember that this guy won 4 cy youngs in a row and in my opinion should've won a couple more but was robbed of it. And in the end, this guy was steroids free and some how managed to get 350+ wins. The last guy to do something like that, minus Roger Clemens/Steroid abuser, was Warren Spahn (1942 - 1965).
5
Ken Griffey Jr.
All the crazy homerun hitters of the3 90s and 2000s have been plagued with steroid usage. In fact, I don't think there is one guy during this era with 500+ homeruns that didn't test positive for steroids. Except Ken Griffey Jr. This guy hits 600+ homers and no one even notices him. Talk about underrated.
6
Randy Moss
Although we don't hear as much about him as we used to, this guy was out to break all the receiver records there is. If it wasn't for the few years of mishap he had, he would've been a shoe in to shatter all of Jerry Rice's records. Many people counted this guy out but I knew he was much better than he showed in Oakland. And it only prove me right when he got traded to NE and surprised everyone but me.
7
Tom Brady
When its all said and done, he WILL BE the greatest quarterback of all time. This guy is Mr clutch. When the playoffs comes around, I don't remember 1 bad game he's ever had. He always gives his team a chance to win and makes minimum mistakes. Everytime they lose in the playoffs, it was never because of him. His stats may not be as impressive as other QBs but when you look closely, he's thrown way more touchdowns than he does interception.
8
Tony Gonzalez
This guy is probably the quietest guy to break a record. He's one of the most reliable tight ends there is and he's consistently produce year after year.
9
Steve Nash
Although he is no longer underrated, he was for the longest time while he was in Dallas. I for one knew it was a big mistake for Mark Cuban to let him go. I knew he was way better than everyone gave him credit for and he showed when he went to Phoenix. This guy is insane when it comes to accuracy. Shoots from the field about 50%, 45% from 3 point range, and 90% from the free throw line. Add to the fact that he's a point guard makes him all the more deadlier.

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October 25, 2009
great list, i really enjoyed it... so much so, to see how your list may compare to others, i just googled, 'most underrated athletes of all time', your list comes up second behind only a similar list on espn.go.com, pretty cool huh??
October 26, 2009
I just googled it right now just to see for myself. Although it dropped a few spots, I'm surprised it made it on the first page. Thanx for the info.
 
October 25, 2009
nice work. My list would include Kobayashi who was the reigning eating champ LOL! come to think of it, would food champs be seen as athletes? ;-P
October 25, 2009
hahaha actually I think that would be considered a sport since it takes a lot of physical abilities to eat that many dogs.
 
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