3. Michael Vick -- Good player but career shortened due to stupidity.
2. Mike Tyson -- Devastating puncher and one trick fighter.
1. David Beckham -- No one, but no one, comes even close.
(A quick top 10 most underrated ever: Marion Motley, Artis Gilmore, Justine Henin, Bo Jackson, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olympic star Rafer Johnson, Donovan McNabb -- maybe the most under-appreciated player in NFL history -- Don Hutson, Jim Rice and Lenny Moore.)
The problem with Bush is that his impact on a game is extremely minimal as compared to the media hype and endorsement frenzy. I may be sick of seeing Peyton Manning's mug on television more than Larry King's but Manning is one of the top five most pivotal players in football.
Defensive coordinators have told me this season that Bush may be seen as a superstar to the general public but he is not someone who keeps them awake at night. They say he's not as fast as he looks, can be covered by a linebacker one-on-one and gets shy around contact. That last description is not exactly what you want to hear about your franchise runner.
Now we will get to see just how good Bush is and if he is worth the hype. With the loss of the Saints' real running back, Deuce McAllister, to a torn knee ligament, the team will rely heavily on Bush.
I can tell you everyone in football is watching what happens next not with the Saints but with Bush.
If Bush is so good, as his P.R. machine wants everyone to believe, he'll use McAllister's absence to prove me and his critics wrong and take the Saints on his back.
But I don't think Bush will prove anyone wrong because Bush has pulled a Mandarich on the Saints and the NFL by bamboozling many normally smart guys who should know better. His USC hype and Denzel looks overpowered the Saints' common sense. Now, they're paying the price for utilizing such a high pick on a guy who is basically Dave Meggett.
Do you remember how people were actually comparing Bush to Gale Sayers?
Bush = Gale Sayers. That's just insane in the membrane.
Bill Parcells called Bush a "satellite player." (Leave it to Bill "Gandolfini" Parcells to come up with some smart-ass Jersey lexicon.) Parcells went on to explain the phrase satellite player by stating Bush plays in space. Great. Now Bush is Reggie Sputnik.
The coming days and months will get interesting for Bush and the Saints. He was last year's golden dude but this season he is receiving much more scrutiny and even criticism. Bush in 2006 enjoyed a post-Katrina boost from the league, the media and fans with all three overlooking Bush's on-field shortcomings because of his charitable contributions and the team's special circumstances.
Now that the Saints are 0-3 and their best player is gone for the year, that once-present glow has thinned and reality has hit.
And the reality is that Bush is not so far off from being the 21st century version of Mandarich, the greatest draft huckster ever.
So good luck with Bush, New Orleans.
Is it too late for the Saints to draft a running back?