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
averagej123 added age 31

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Dave_7672 added age 55

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827 68
Anna Kournikova is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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325 1,029
Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
age 43

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433 1,043
Wayne Gretzky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
age 57

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386 1,053
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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821 34
Yelena Isinbayeva is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
VeryCloseTalking added age 36

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909 1,157
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
age 34

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769 12
Conor Mcgregor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Conor Mcgregor

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614 1,110
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
age 40

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781 20
Simona Halep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
misterforce added age 27

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807 22
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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248 979
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
age 43

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152 941
Ronda Rousey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
IceEmp added age 31

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98 871
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
stservetar24 added age 27

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79 904
Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
bbell1978 added age 31

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140 893
Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
age 31

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247 949
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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124 932
Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
age 29

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101 864
Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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84 894
Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
age 29

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128 835
Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
VeryCloseTalking added age 37

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52 849
Alex Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Son Goku added age 43

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66 770
Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Dave_7672 added age 38

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63 760
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
age 31

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52 746
Yu Darvish is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
age 32

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43 725
Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
age 30

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98 789
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
age 42

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27 685
Jimmie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
OCD Man added age 43

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75 643
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
bbell1978 added age 41

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37 673
Felix Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Cardinals4eva added Felix Hernandez

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85 712
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
age 29

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54 641
Michelle Jenneke is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
averagej123 added age 25

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27 538
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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57 580
Brock Lesnar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
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61 546
Simone Biles is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
VeryCloseTalking added age 21

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38 519
Fernando Valenzuela is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
IceEmp added age 58

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41 518
Javier Báez is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Cardinals4eva added age 26

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28 495
Manny Machado is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
NickiB23 added age 26

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25 465
Teddy Riner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
VeryCloseTalking added age 29

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84 532
Herschel Walker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed