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Tebow voted 'most overrated' by NFL players

Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:46 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2011 8:47 pm
Romo can't compete with Tebow when it comes to being overrated. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Finally, some good news for Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who three or four times a season gives his detractors ammunition in their never-ending crusade to convince the rest of us that he's an overhyped choker. The Sporting News interviewed 11 NFL players from 31 teams and asked a simple question: Who's the most overrated player in the NFL?

It wasn't Romo.

Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow won the honors, although just barely. He received 22 votes, just one more than -- wait for it -- Romo. Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez was third. Of the 17 players to receive at least two votes, seven were quarterbacks.

1. Denver Broncos QB Tim Tebow—22
2. Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo—21
3. New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez—9
4. Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh—6
5. Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson—5
6. New England Patriots WR Chad Ochocinco—5
7. New England Patriots QB Tom Brady—3
8. Arizona Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb—3
9. San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers—3
10. Arizona Cardinals DL Darnell Dockett—2

The rest: Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew—2, Washington Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall—2, New York Giants QB Eli Manning—2, Miami Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall—2, New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis—2, New York Jets LB Bart Scott—2, Chicago Bears LB Brian Urlacher—2. 

(Note: Jason Hill voted for Revis … twice, right?)

The Sporting News asked a few players for some context on the leading vote-getters. Jaguars defensive tackle Terrance Knighton echoed many of the sentiments we hear from Romo's critics.

“I just think he’s in a position where he has the spotlight," he said. "I don’t think he’s really done anything to be in the spotlight. But being a Dallas Cowboys quarterback, you’re going to have that. I don’t think he does enough to be considered one of the elite (quarterbacks) in the NFL.”

Knight's teammate, Jeremy Mincey, had similar thoughts about Sanchez.

"Everybody talks about Sanchez, but I just don’t see what everybody is talking about. Maybe it’s the (New York) market that he’s in."

We would include the quotes from two anonymous players on Tebow but why? You can do the Mad Libs yourself: "He's not an NFL quarterback, he's a fullback. Not only his he inaccurate, he has a week arm. The media saturation is unbearable. We hate Tebowing with a passion." So on and so forth... 

Upside: Tebow is first at something.

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Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 8:34 pm

Tebow voted 'most overrated' by NFL players

Sorry you are not an NFL player. 
Got the loading dock, grocery store. 
Get out of th\\is profession.


Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 7:42 pm

Tebow voted 'most overrated' by NFL players

Sometimes I think over-publicized" is a better word than overrated. I'm not a Tebow fan, but something in me wants him to succeed just to shut eevrybody up.

Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 7:34 pm

Tebow voted 'most overrated' by NFL players

 Just another reason to root for Tebow. Its not his fault he was a first rounder. Its not his fault the other QBs on the Broncos are hurt or not performing. Give the kid a break. Even if he does fail at QB he is still a winner !!

Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2011 5:43 pm

Tebow voted 'most overrated' by NFL players

TIM TEBOW IS A BUM....drops mic, bows and exits stage left!!

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2011 5:26 pm

Tebow voted 'most overrated' by NFL players

I feel like Tebow is anything BUT overrated....did the NFL players not see any sports news the last few weeks regarding the guy? It was 100% negative, even though he's won two games. I agree with Romo and Sanchez, voting Suh up there is a joke...

Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 5:06 pm

Tebow voted 'most overrated' by NFL players

I think what they probably mean here is "over-hyped" not overrated.  Tebow actually gets 90% negative coverage and I have yet to here ONE media person come out and say that they believe he will be a very successful NFL quarterback, let alone one who think he will even be starting next year.  If anything Tebow may be underrated but WAY WAY WAY overcovered.  Somewhat similar with Tony Romo - he is covered contstantly, but much of the coverage is negative.  And for that matter Sanchez as well.  I have almost never heard him mentioned in context of even being a top 15 quarterback.  I think most of these NFL players would like to hear their name mentioned a lot more and they get naturally annoyed when the media keeps covering the same players OVER and OVER and OVER.

Since: Sep 20, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2011 5:03 pm

Tebow voted 'most overrated' by NFL players

He was a 1st round draft pick lol that means he was highly touted coming out of college by at least 1 team...and Orton had a winning record as a starter for the Bears.....the Broncos are just a terrible team....Tebow is terrible

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 4:26 pm

Tebow voted 'most overrated' by NFL players

Glad no Packers made the list.  Most seem reasonable but what is the deal on Rivers.  I know he is not having a banner season but what are the reasons.  I am not a Rivers fan or a San Diego fan but this guy is taking a beating.  I am not saying he is or is not overrated.  I know he will not win a personality award with what little I know about him but he had to fill some pretty big shoes, Brees'.  I think Brees is better but I also think Rivers has done a reasonable job in a tough situation.  I'm just asking.  I just do not understand why he is being pounding.  Just wondering?

Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 3:49 pm

Tebow voted 'most overrated' by NFL players

A little news flash for you.  You are NOT overrated if you are in the news for:
 1) Dating and marrying supermodels
2) Winning multiple SUPERBOWL MVP'S
What he is NOT in the news for is BEING A SERIAL BATHROOM RAPIST!
Congrats Steeler Fan you beat Tom for the Second time in EIGHT tries!

Since: Apr 9, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2011 3:19 pm

Tebow voted 'most overrated' by NFL players

Did Tebow do something to CBS to get so many negative articles about him? This site publishes at least 2 a week CBS loved him when they were milking him at Fla. The guy has only started 6 games, which he is 3-3. I am not sure how he is over rated, he wasnt touted as a highpick coming out of college, everyone said he was project at best. His biggest critque is accuraccy which Elway had one % point higher his first 10 ganes and Tebow blows his TD-ratio away, plus his rsh tds. Orton was 4-15 as a starter  I am no math major but those numbers suck.

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