Athletes Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed  

Blake Edwards
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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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Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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Usain Bolt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
age 32

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Michael Phelps is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
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878 1,075
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
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Anna Kournikova is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
age 43

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427 973
Wayne Gretzky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
age 57

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383 984
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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899 1,084
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
age 34

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750 32
Yelena Isinbayeva is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
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Conor Mcgregor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Conor Mcgregor

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608 1,040
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
age 40

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713 19
Simona Halep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
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Kimi Räikkönen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
age 52

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David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
age 43

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Ronda Rousey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
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95 804
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
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76 834
Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
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Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
age 31

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245 880
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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122 864
Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
age 29

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99 794
Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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125 766
Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
VeryCloseTalking added age 37

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83 825
Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
age 29

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50 781
Alex Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Son Goku added age 43

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65 707
Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
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61 698
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
age 31

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51 684
Yu Darvish is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
age 32

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41 663
Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
age 30

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96 726
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
age 42

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26 623
Jimmie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
OCD Man added age 43

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36 612
Felix Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
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53 591
Michelle Jenneke is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
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83 666
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
age 29

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70 598
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
bbell1978 added age 41

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25 499
Bryce Harper is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Joshua Cosmo Allen Stephan added age 26

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56 541
Brock Lesnar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
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58 520
Simone Biles is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
VeryCloseTalking added age 21

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37 493
Fernando Valenzuela is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
IceEmp added age 58

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39 492
Javier Báez is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
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Manny Machado is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
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24 449
Teddy Riner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
VeryCloseTalking added age 29

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Herschel Walker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed