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List Rules Only superstars who back up the fuss surrounding their career

Overhyped athletes who still performed represent a special breed of athletes who captured the attention of fans and critics around the world with their potential then went on to live up to the expectations and often exceed them. These athletes were expected by so many to dominate their respective sports and they did just that.

These fine football, basketball, baseball, hockey, golf, boxing and Olympic athletes had all eyes upon them as they were projected by experts to have long and successful careers filled with titles, awards and praise. Many did that and then some, going down as some of the best to ever play the game.

A great deal of these athletes were taken first overall in their respective professional drafts, such as star NHL players Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, who were taken first in the NHL Draft in 2004 and 2005, respectively, or NBA Slam Dunk Champion Blake Griffin, who was picked first in the 2009 NBA Draft. Professional football players are right up there as well, such as 2011 first overall pick Cam Newton who made a quick impact on the Carolina Panthers in the National Football League.

Others not only captured the attention of prospective professional teams but also entire countries as they represented their homeland on the world's stage in the Olympics. Michael Phelps is perhaps the best example of a highly hyped athlete who lived up to the expectations. The swimmer shattered numerous personal, Olympic and world records as he won eight gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.

All of these athletes accomplished what so many up and comers aspire to do. They made headlines first for their potential, then became household names for their performance and many went on to become legends of the sport. Of course some went on to wait too long to retire but for the most part, these athletes had nearly flawless careers and it does not get much better than that.

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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Michael Phelps is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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Usain Bolt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Usain Bolt age 29

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Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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Wayne Gretzky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Wayne Gretzky age 54

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Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Kobe Bryant age 37

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
LeBron James age 31

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Tiger Woods age 40

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Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Mike Tyson age 49

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Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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Ronda Rousey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Ronda Rousey age 28

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
David Beckham age 40

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Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Mike Trout age 24

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Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Sidney Crosby age 28

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Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Cam Newton age 26

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Alex Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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Brock Lesnar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Brock Lesnar age 38

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Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Andrew Luck age 26

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Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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Anna Kournikova is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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Yelena Isinbayeva is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Kevin Garnett age 39

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Michelle Jenneke is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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Fernando Valenzuela is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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Manny Machado is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Manny Machado age 23

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Jimmie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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Simone Biles is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Simone Biles age 18

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Felix Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Felix Hernandez

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Bryce Harper is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Bryce Harper age 23

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Herschel Walker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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Teddy Riner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Teddy Riner age 26

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Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Blake Griffin age 26

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Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Jeremy Lin age 27

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Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Ndamukong Suh age 28

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Yu Darvish is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Yu Darvish age 29

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Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Michael Vick age 35

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Javier Báez is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Javier Báez age 23