NFL's most overrated list: Tebow, Ray Lewis (gasp!)

October 25, 2012|Kevin Cowherd

In the ongoing effort to fill cyber and print space space 24/7 and keep readers perpetually stirred up, Sports Ilustrated has released an NFL players' poll that lists New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow as the most overrated player in the game.

The bad news, at least if you're a Ravens fan, is that Ray Lewis shows up at No. 5 on the list.

Yes, in a survey of 180 players, Baltimore's sainted middle linebacker and future no-doubt Hall of Famer was listed by three percent of the player vote as a guy whose reputation -- at least at 37 years of age, with 17 years in the league -- far exceeds his production.

And that probably hurts Lewis, a man with enormous pride, more than the torn triceps that has him sidelined, possibly for the rest of the season.

For those who care about this sort of thing, Tebow was listed on 34 percent of the player ballots as most overrated.

Rounding out the rest of the list was -- you knew this was coming -- Jets' starting quarterback Mark Sanchez and Dallas Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo, both receiving eight percent of the vote to finish second and third. Eagles' quarterback Michael Vick finished fourth with four percent of the vote.

In a how-far-the-mighty-have-fallen note, Tebow had finished at No. 95 in an NFL Network poll of the top 100 players last May, after he led the Denver Broncos to the playoffs after a dismal 1-4 start last season.

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