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

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Cristiano Ronaldo 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 32

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Dave_7672 added Michael Jordan age 55

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Wayne Gretzky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Wayne Gretzky age 57

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Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Tiger Woods age 43

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
LeBron James age 34

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Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Kobe Bryant age 40

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Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
averagej123 added Maria Sharapova age 31

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Anna Kournikova is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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Conor Mcgregor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Conor Mcgregor

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Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Mike Tyson age 52

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Yelena Isinbayeva is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
VeryCloseTalking added Yelena Isinbayeva age 36

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David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
David Beckham age 43

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Kimi Räikkönen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
armok added Kimi Räikkönen age 39

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Ronda Rousey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
IceEmp added Ronda Rousey age 31

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Simona Halep is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
misterforce added Simona Halep age 27

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
stservetar24 added Mike Trout age 27

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

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Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
bbell1978 added Tim Tebow age 31

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Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
VeryCloseTalking added Serena Williams age 37

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Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Cam Newton age 29

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Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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

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

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

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Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Kevin Garnett age 42

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

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Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Jeremy Lin age 30

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Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
bbell1978 added Tom Brady age 41

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Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
Blake Griffin age 29

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Michelle Jenneke is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
averagej123 added Michelle Jenneke age 25

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Felix Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
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Jimmie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
OCD Man added Jimmie Johnson age 43

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Brock Lesnar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
GhanchiPraveenKumar added Brock Lesnar age 41

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Simone Biles is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
VeryCloseTalking added Simone Biles age 21

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Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
bbell1978 added Brett Favre age 49

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Derek Jeter is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
bbell1978 added Derek Jeter age 44

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Bryce Harper is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
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Fernando Valenzuela is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
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Javier Báez is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
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Herschel Walker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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Manny Machado is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
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Teddy Riner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed
VeryCloseTalking added Teddy Riner age 29