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Another player poll names Tim Tebow most overrated

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For the second time this season, a survey of NFL players has named Tim Tebow the most overrated player in the league.

A couple of weeks ago, a Sports Illustrated poll of players had Tebow as the runaway winner on the “most overrated player” question. And now a Sporting News poll of players has found the same conclusion.

In the Sporting News poll of 103 players, Tebow got 36 votes, by far the most of anyone. In second place was Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who was tied for second place with Tebow’s teammate Mark Sanchez in the Sports Illustrated poll. Sanchez was tied for fifth in the Sporting News poll, so it’s clear from the two different surveys that a large plurality of NFL players view Tebow as the most overrated player in the league, with Romo and Sanchez also viewed as overrated by a significant number of their peers.

Also ranking among the Top 5 most overrated players in both polls was Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who came in third in the Sporting News poll and fourth in the Sports Illustrated poll.

Other players who were voted the most overrated by multiple players in the Sporting News poll were Bills defensive end Mario Williams, Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, and, surprisingly, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Lewis, Manning and Brady will all be first-ballot Hall of Famers, but maybe not all of their peers in the NFL think they should be.

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52 Responses to “Another player poll names Tim Tebow most overrated”
  1. vjbarrios says: Nov 9, 2012 1:08 PM

    How is a backup QB overrated??

  2. exhelodrvr says: Nov 9, 2012 1:08 PM

    Do the players understand the meaning of “overrated”? They seem to be confusing it with “getting more media attention than performance merits”. No one claims that Tebow is an excellent QB.

  3. jhein23 says: Nov 9, 2012 1:08 PM

    Tom Brady is overrated by Patriots fans, very overrated by them. They act like he is by faaaar the best QB in the game when he’s not even the best anymore.

  4. Bubby Brister says: Nov 9, 2012 1:08 PM

    I don’t understand why he’s considered overrated. Don’t you have to be generally rated highly to be overrated? Everybody with a brain knows he’s not that good.

    Same can kind of said about Sanchez being second. Is anybody going around claiming either one of these players are elite?

    Most of the rest of the names mentioned are good enough to “qualify”, though.

  5. lesliedevereaux says: Nov 9, 2012 1:09 PM

    Tebow: Yes
    Sanchez: No, because we know he’ not good
    Romo: No, but he’s folded in the clutch several times
    Vick: This season, yes
    Williams: Yes
    Asomugha: Yes
    Rivers: Similar to Romo
    Newton: No
    Lewis: Glad the players said it. Yes
    Manning: Of course not
    Brady: Of course not

  6. flboyindallas says: Nov 9, 2012 1:09 PM

    These polls are becoming absolutely ridiculous. It’s obvious that NFL player opinions are frequently based on personal offenses and biases of various kinds and don’t reflect reality.

    Want proof? Look at the poll where players said the coaches they’d least like to play for are Schiano, Belichick and Coughlin. Two coaches with multiple Super Bowls who are highly respected and another who has his new team on an impressive upswing.

    You know what I’m starting to think? That a significant percentage of players hate discipline and are jealous of other players’ media attention. I think this is really what it all boils down to.

    Color me unimpressed and unconvinced by these player polls.

  7. fissels says: Nov 9, 2012 1:11 PM

    I still don’t get it. Where has anyone said Tebow was a great QB? How can he be overrated when nobody ever rated him that highly, at least since he was drafted. The guy is a good athlete and a great leader. Not a great QB

  8. 13forgbp says: Nov 9, 2012 1:18 PM

    This is stupid. The guy is a back-up. How can you be an overrated back-up? Idiocy at its highest (Tuesdays vote notwithstanding).

    One player that should be there and right at the top is Suh. That guy has disappeared since his rookie year. Dirtiest and most overrated…epic fail.

  9. rj88888 says: Nov 9, 2012 1:19 PM

    Sound like a list of highly paid players the league is most jealous of.

  10. pleazenufalready says: Nov 9, 2012 1:22 PM

    Poor Timmy……first it was Mitt losing on Tuesday and now this…..just not a good week for the bible thumpers!

  11. hehateme2 says: Nov 9, 2012 1:22 PM

    Jets- most overrated and talked about for no good reason.
    E-
    Telow- most talked about for no reason
    Sanchez- most overrated

    Now, if I could just find an E.

  12. tjacks7 says: Nov 9, 2012 1:24 PM

    I believe the players have confused “overrated” with “overhyped.”

  13. blacknole08 says: Nov 9, 2012 1:25 PM

    Overrated list are becoming overrated. You can’t overrate Tebow (at least this season) if he rarely sees the field.

  14. mintberrycrunch1 says: Nov 9, 2012 1:26 PM

    Overrated and “always in the media” aren’t the same thing. You can tell this is how the players voted.

  15. beardinals says: Nov 9, 2012 1:27 PM

    Enough with the player polls.

  16. pacific123ocean says: Nov 9, 2012 1:29 PM

    This is beyond stupid. How can he be overrated, when nobody even rates him highly? Everybody, fans, players, coaches, etc., know Tebow is a great person, but a terrible QB.

  17. jsho55 says: Nov 9, 2012 1:30 PM

    Ray Lewis, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady……

    Overrated all the way to being a first ballot hall of famer…..

  18. mvp43 says: Nov 9, 2012 1:31 PM

    Overrated & overhyped are two different things….

  19. wojo243 says: Nov 9, 2012 1:32 PM

    The reason players voted Tebow as most overrated is not because he’s good or even above average.

    He had no merit being a first round pick. he had no merit being a starter in this league. There is no statistical support that proves he’s capable of playing in this league aside from his “intangibles” and the fact that he’s a hard worker.

    Despite the fact that he’s a bum and truly terrible at throwing the ball, he is still loved by fanatics who believe he never got a fair shot and still somehow is a backup quarterback for a professional franchise.

    Tebow is one injury from being a starting QB not because he’s a baller but because he’s a media darling and a God fearing All American boy who puts butts in seats. There are tens of better backups in the league but Tebow by far steals the most attention. He’ll, he even gets more coverage than a few starters. That’s why he’s the most overrated.

  20. Robert says: Nov 9, 2012 1:32 PM

    Tim” Worship Himself” Tebow is apoor man’s Ryan Leaf.

  21. elmaxoh says: Nov 9, 2012 1:32 PM

    Lol Brady and Lewis ‘ overrated ‘ … Maybe the two best of all time at their position …

    They have a place who wait for them in the hall of fame already … Stupid haters

  22. dryzzt23 says: Nov 9, 2012 1:33 PM

    IMO Ray Lewis is severely overrated, he’s been overrated for years solely b/c the media loves him.

    Ray Lewis is far down the list of greatest MLBs of all time, he is behind:

    Jack Lambert
    Dick Butkus
    Willie Lanier
    Ray Nitschke
    Sam Huff
    Mike Singletary
    Chuck Bednarik
    Junior Seau
    Brian Urlacher
    – and bringing up the rear is Ray Lewis

  23. hyzers says: Nov 9, 2012 1:35 PM

    Call Suh dirty all you want but he’s still a hell of a player.

  24. blacknole08 says: Nov 9, 2012 1:35 PM

    hehateme2 says:Nov 9, 2012 1:22 PM

    Jets- most overrated and talked about for no good reason.
    E-
    Telow- most talked about for no reason
    Sanchez- most overrated

    Now, if I could just find an E.

    ———————————————————-

    E is for how Excited the team would be with Tebow starting for the Jets

  25. bathroomben7 says: Nov 9, 2012 1:45 PM

    Tebow is the most underrated player if anything. He has been nothing but successful and memorable his whole career but some people always try to find excuses to diminish his accomplishments.

  26. caliksworld says: Nov 9, 2012 1:46 PM

    Tebow and Sanchez are overhyped.

    Romo is overrated.

  27. melikefootball says: Nov 9, 2012 1:53 PM

    Really the most overrated thing is that not one but two NFL teams are wasting a bunch of money on TEBOW.

  28. htowntexan says: Nov 9, 2012 1:54 PM

    manning is clearly the most overrated. Tebow–who everyone claims is bad–had a better record with the same team.

  29. ripster65 says: Nov 9, 2012 1:55 PM

    Who cares about yet another lame popularity poll? got anything about football?

  30. chb74 says: Nov 9, 2012 2:00 PM

    I’m not generally a Tebow defender, but this just reads like a list of players who some feel get too much media hype and coverage, not players who genuinely meet criteria. The inclusion of Peyton, Brady and Ray Lewis just proves how ridiculous and invalid this is as a list of players who are genuinely ‘overrated.’ Overexposed, maybe…but not overrated.

  31. jkbear says: Nov 9, 2012 2:02 PM

    Was the poll only for this year? If not Tebow should definitely win. He was the most overrated player in history last year. All he did was beat some teams that were suffering from key players being injured and only had to score about 10 to 14 points a game to do it. I mean come on he couldn’t even beat out Mark Sanchez!!!

  32. maiphatdong says: Nov 9, 2012 2:03 PM

    Vick and Sanchez win this

  33. italionstallion888 says: Nov 9, 2012 2:03 PM

    If only the media could understand this and perma forget about anything Tebow related. Real football fans don’t care about the Tebow.

  34. btwicey says: Nov 9, 2012 2:05 PM

    Hahahaha what a stupid poll.. Vote for the backup qb…? Ummmm k

  35. huffdaddyco says: Nov 9, 2012 2:13 PM

    dryzzt23 says: Nov 9, 2012 1:33 PM

    IMO Ray Lewis is severely overrated, he’s been overrated for years solely b/c the media loves him.

    Ray Lewis is far down the list of greatest MLBs of all time, he is behind:

    Jack Lambert
    Dick Butkus
    Willie Lanier
    Ray Nitschke
    Sam Huff
    Mike Singletary
    Chuck Bednarik
    Junior Seau
    Brian Urlacher
    – and bringing up the rear is Ray Lewis

    ___________________________________

    Gotcha, so you think Lewis is the 10th best linebacker ever. And you also think he is overrated. Makes sense.

  36. Canned Heat says: Nov 9, 2012 2:17 PM

    hyzers says:
    Nov 9, 2012 1:35 PM
    Call Suh dirty all you want but he’s still a hell of a player.
    ____________________________________

    Is he or isn’t he on the IR? I haven’t seen the guy in weeks. Likely means we’re approaching that time of year when Suh takes more heat from the press and then gets stomping mad. Packers / Lions next week right? Perfect, the bed is already made.

  37. azarkhan says: Nov 9, 2012 2:22 PM

    pleazenufalready: Poor Timmy……first it was Mitt losing on Tuesday and now this…..just not a good week for the bible thumpers!

    Something that will never be overrated is your intelligence.

  38. pastabelly says: Nov 9, 2012 2:44 PM

    The most overrated list actually contains the three players who are 1,2,3 in any order as greatest of the last 15 years. I am struggling to find a 4th that you could include with that group of three.

  39. pastabelly says: Nov 9, 2012 2:49 PM

    dryzzt23 says:Nov 9, 2012 1:33 PM

    IMO Ray Lewis is severely overrated, he’s been overrated for years solely b/c the media loves him.

    Ray Lewis is far down the list of greatest MLBs of all time, he is behind:

    Jack Lambert
    Dick Butkus
    Willie Lanier
    Ray Nitschke
    Sam Huff
    Mike Singletary
    Chuck Bednarik
    Junior Seau
    Brian Urlacher
    – and bringing up the rear is Ray Lewis
    ===============================
    Questionable that you have seen all of the above play one down in the league. Even if you have, Lewis does not take a back seat to Uhrlacher, Seau, or Singletary. As far as Lambert goes, he was a great player, but not the leader that Lewis is. I hate Ray Lewis. But I respect the hell out of him as a linebacker and team leader.

  40. geniusfan says: Nov 9, 2012 3:00 PM

    Dan Wetzel summed up how I feel about NFL player polls. These cowards hide behind anonymity and won’t even put their name behind their comments.

    Nothing but a bunch of cowards.

  41. bills4 says: Nov 9, 2012 3:04 PM

    Agreed!!!!!

  42. fwippel says: Nov 9, 2012 3:45 PM

    I’m not sure those taking the poll understand the definition of overrated.

    An overrated player is a player who is considered to be far better than he actually is. Best example of that in today’s NFL? Michael Vick.

    Tebow, on the other hand, is the best example of a player who gets a great deal of attention for reasons other than his on-the-field play. I don’t know anyone who thinks that Tebow is a great, or even a quality, football player. He may be over-exposed in the media, but he’s not overrated.

  43. mackie66 says: Nov 9, 2012 3:54 PM

    Over rated is correct, the only thing Tebow can do is win, and what NFL owner wants that?

  44. denverwally says: Nov 9, 2012 4:17 PM

    correction to previous posting:
    A bunch of players who are obviously envious of certain players.

  45. szwhtsup123 says: Nov 9, 2012 4:26 PM

    Tebow overrated? He hardly even plays.

    You want overrated? Try Robert Griffith!

  46. exsquidao says: Nov 9, 2012 7:56 PM

    IMO Ray Lewis is severely overrated, he’s been overrated for years solely b/c the media loves him.

    Ray Lewis is far down the list of greatest MLBs of all time, he is behind:

    Jack Lambert
    Dick Butkus
    Willie Lanier
    Ray Nitschke
    Sam Huff
    Mike Singletary
    Chuck Bednarik
    Junior Seau
    Brian Urlacher
    – and bringing up the rear is Ray Lewis
    Did you ever hear of Jack Ham

  47. gatorcheme says: Nov 9, 2012 10:19 PM

    Nice to see that the college education of the average football player is being put to good use. /sarc

  48. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Nov 10, 2012 12:53 AM

    @ exsquidao:

    I agree with you that PIT LB Jack Ham was legendary, but the prior poster was restricting his list strictly to MLBs.

    Ham played outside, so as great as he was — he did not belong on that particular list.

  49. banggbiskit says: Nov 10, 2012 1:33 AM

    I agree with what many are saying on here, Tebow if anything, is UNDERrated. In order to be actually overrated, SOMEONE has to think you’re good when you are not. Tjacks7 makes a great point, the people voting in these polls are not understanding the difference between overrated and overhyped, two totally different things.

  50. omniusprime says: Nov 10, 2012 9:22 AM

    Maybe now that the NFL players have judged Tiny Tim Teblow the most overrated player in the NFL the ignorant pundits can take a hint and stop writing garbage articles about him. I’m sick and tired of all the attention paid to this pathetic excuse of an NFL player by the media morons, try writing some intelligent articles about really good players or teams.

    If Tiny Tim Teblow wants to win he needs to go to the Lingerie League where his throwing like a girl will be the norm.

  51. crappygovernment says: Nov 10, 2012 10:16 AM

    Hundreds of millions of American Christians impatiently await Tim Tebow in there at QB.

  52. jimeejohnson says: Nov 11, 2012 12:24 PM

    You overestimate the number of Christians in the same way that Tebow himself is over hyped; he can’t be overrated as a bench warming backup. There are approximately 159 million Christians in America. Not all of them are Conservative right wing nuts, as the past election showed. Tebow should be starting on the joke called the Jets.

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