Top 10 Most Overrated NFL Players

The Top Ten
1 Tony Romo Antonio Ramiro Romo is an American football television analyst and former quarterback who played 14 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League.

Tony Romo is the epitome of an overrated athlete. In his time as a starter, he had the best offensive line in the league and still managed to get injured all the time. He had some of the best offensive weapons that the NFL has ever seen such as Jason Witten, Terrell Owens, Dez Bryant, and DeMarco Murray and only had good stats because of the talent around him. He had one of the best defenses in the league to make sure that the Cowboys could win even if he had a horrible game (which happened all the time). Even with all that help, he STILL failed to even lead his team to the NFC Championship Game. Romo is the definition of a stats-over-wins QB. He threw for a lot of yards and touchdowns and went to four pro bowls in his career ONLY because of the team that was around him. And yet, he is the biggest choke artist that the sport has ever seen. I hate Romo with a burning passion and yet, I'll kind of miss of him. With him as the starting quarterback, there was zero chance of the Cowboys ...more

Tony Romo is an interesting specimen. He often is made by his receivers. Dez Bryant, Ausin, Witten and TO all have played with him. Each of them are great at catching a ball. On the other hand, many receivers are made by their quarterbacks under center. Let's start. Peyton made Marvin Harrison, Clarke and Dwight Freeney. Brady made Hernandez, Amendola, Edelman and his other "pro bowl" receivers. Who would have heard of Amendola if he was with the Rams outside of Missouri? Brees made Colston and Kenny Stills. Eli made Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Burress. Rodgers made Driver and Nelson. Thus, Romo doesn't make his receivers.

This game summarizes Romo's career: It was Thanksgiving, 2014. Cowboys vs. Redskins. The Cowboys had a 17 point league midway threw the 3rd quarter. After silly turnovers by Romo, it was tied with a minute and a half left in the 4th. Romo and the Cowboys were driving, and in 7 yards they would be in field goal range. Romo took the snap and threw a pick six to a back-up defensive lineman. Redskins win.

Romo has only proven one thing; he IS a choke artist. A new definition of choke artist. Name a big game he has won? Talk about having receivers that make you look better, Dez, Miles Austin and Witten. Peyton made his receivers. Reggie Wayne looks real good catching passes from Curtis Painter, please. Not even Jerry Jones' money can buy Romo and that suck Azz team a ring!

2 Tom Brady Thomas Edward Patrick Brady, Jr., is an American football quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League. Brady is known for being the only quarterback in history to win 7 Super Bowls, and is often considered one of the best quarterbacks of all time. Brady is also frequently more.

Tom, like Troy Aikman, is a system Quarterback. Any competent QB can step into the spot and take order from Belichick and the Patriots will not miss a matter not a bit who the man at QB is...if you doubt this remember how many men played QB for the Cowboys in those days and nothing changed?

Well this is a similar system evidence remember Matt Cassel...the only time he showed any ability as an NFL Quarterback was the season Brady was injured when Matt replaced him and led the Patriots to an 11-3 record. More proof that it doesn't matter who is at the help if the same system is in place...Cassel has not has success since he left New England and the system.

And have you noticed how Tom Brady struggles under pressure when the system does not have the answers!

Tom Brady may be the most overrated in history. It's not to say he is bad, but he has no business being considered as an all-time great. He typically has all day to throw to wide open receivers thanks to dominant offensive line play and Belicheck's play calling. In the few games where he gets pressure, he looks below average.

They have won three superbowls, but he played a game manager role in those seasons and they haven't won a championship since they were caught taping their opponents. In those runs, his luck was also key. He had a loss to the Raiders saved by the infamous "Tuck Rule" call and he was bailed out by Bledsoe in his first run. Their kicker in those early years was very clutch too.

Personally I'd be em embarrassed to be a Patriots fan. I'd rather be a proud fan of the Browns that never won a SB, than a Cheatroits fan. My Steelers win some and lose some, but at least they don't cheat. With the exception of Eagles fans, the Patriots fans are the most annoying and dumbest fans in football. They are in complete denial of their teams cheating, calling everybody "Haters" and "Jealous" of their teams success. Although I don't think Brady is himself a cheater, I do believe Belichick is a proven cheater with Spygate and numerous other incidents. However, since Belichick and staff calls the plays in to Brady, it gives him a huge advantage. Why is it that Brady always throws to wide open receivers? It's the play calling of course. Brady has decent accuracy on his passes, but so would any QB if they had the time he did. Look at Matt Cassell when he was the Patriots QB for an entire season after Brady went down to injure. Cassell's stats was actually better than Brady's. ...more

Tom Brady is a top 10 player ever and I am a Redskins fan. All those Super Bowls. This year the Patriots traded away there two best defensive players. Rob Gronkoski missed most of the season. Tom Brady missed 25% of the regular season. Roger Goodell took away 1 million dollars from the Patriots as well as there first round pick. Yet Tom Brady gets back to the Super Bowl. Heck, he was down 25 points in the Super Bowl and still came back. Say all you want but Brad will always be one of the greatest.

3 Tim Tebow Timothy Richard Tebow is an American professional baseball outfielder in the New York Mets organization and a former professional American football player in the National Football League.

In 20 years of watching football, I have never seen a worse starting quarterback who was allowed to play a full season. The guy can't throw. I've seen half backs in flea flicker plays throw with more accuracy. His stats pretty much echo this weakness. His completion percentage is the lowest I have ever seen for a starter and his yards per attempt are low as well (possibly the lowest of any starter in the last 20 years). He didn't help his team one bit. The team would have done better with literally, any #2 quarterback they could have found in free agency.

Not a good passer or great Quarterback but a decent runner and blocker. He could be a starter if he would be willing to play his natural position of Fullback. Could probably be a decent lineman if he learned the position with the fervor he usually saves for preaching

Not overrated because all he does is win when he is given the oppertunity. I would give him a chance if I was a gm for a team because he led a tanking broncos team to a 6-2 record late in the season to being them to the playoffs and then he got a postseason win. A very clutch qb that just needs a chance in the league to prove that he is the Tim tebow we saw at Florida

Tim Tebow was amazing on the Broncos. The Jets didn't use him right. Everybody loved him in Denver. I'm still hoping that some signs him. ITS TEBOW TIME!

4 Aaron Rodgers Aaron Charles Rodgers is an American football quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League.

Everybody claims he is better than Brett Favre, but Rodgers hasn't thrown over 500 touchdowns, 70, 000 yards, 10, 000 attempts, 6000 completions. Aaron Rodgers also hasn't won 3 MVP awards in a row, played in 297 games in a row, or played in a NFC Championship game at 40 years old. He is good because he inherited Favre's old team. Favre inherited a team that hadn't done anything since Lombardi. Rodgers will never be better than Brett Favre

As a lifelong Packer fan, a native Green Bayer and an owner, I don't understand ARod being here. He is simply the best. I am a huge Favre fan and time will tell if he is better than BFavre but the way time is going, he will outshine Brett. If he wins another SB and MVP he will have surpassed Brett in that category. To say he inherited a great team is silly, the team SUCKED when he was made starter. It was the worst Packer team of 25 years.

Should be number 1. People keep saying he's one of the best and never has a good team while Drew Brees consistently has way worse teams and has only had one pro bowl receiver and yet puts up way better numbers.

People keep claiming he is the best of all time probably currently not one of the best QB's win 4 super bowls play 20+ years then will shut up.

5 Jay Cutler Jay Christopher Cutler is a retired American football quarterback that of the National Football League. Cutler played 11 seasons in the NFL (2006-2016). During his announcement that Cutler declared retirement, he announced plans to be a television sportscaster for the FOX Network.

Over paid slacker with no work ethic, no leadership ability and not love for his team.
He has never had a winning season not even in college...he only puts up good statistics when the games are meaningless...all fans of 'the Bears hope and pray we will get a chance to unload this overpriced dead weight

Awful Quarterback who didn't need to come out of his brief retirement for what he should of done at best commentary like Tony Romo is doing. Cutler should be higher for thinking he had anything left in him.

The Bears lose because of their quarterback play. I would trade him to the Browns or the Jets for a draft pick.

Jay Cutler isn't respected much because of his passes and picks. He'll probably do better next year.

6 Eli Manning Elisha Nelson "Eli" Manning is a former American football quarterback who played his entire career for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He is the younger brother of former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning.

At least Payton is actually good. Eli chokes, wines, can kinda throw, and won a Super Bowl or two a few years ago. People still talk like he is one of the best in 2013

Him and odell are better than odell and Mayfield. the browns quarterback is the worst he probably would suck on an elementary team

Eli isn't as good as his bro, but he is a future hall of famer. Those two Super Bowl wins sum up his career.

Should not be in the Hall of Fame.

7 Robert Griffin III Robert Lee Griffin III, nicknamed RG3, is an American football quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League.

That's all people talk about is RGI and I'm sick of it. Look at his stats this year

8 Michael Vick Michael Dwayne Vick (born June 26, 1980) is a former American football quarterback who played 13 seasons in the National Football League, primarily with the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles. He played college football at Virginia Tech and was selected by the Falcons as the first overall pick more.

RECAP OF Michael VICK: Was having a great career with the Atlanta Falcons, goes to prison for 21 months for killing dogs, while he is in prison falcons release him, gets out of prison and gets signed by the eagles, has a great year in 2010, then just goes downhill. Eagles release him, jets sign him, doesn't play well for them, free agent. Steelers sign him as a backup, plays 4 games, plays average. Dog fighting has ruined the career of a potential hall of fame quarterback

Only one good phase of his game and that is running the ball. Not much of a passer. He does play hard though.

He had 2 great seasons one with Falcons & one with Eagles after that not that good so yea I agree with that.

He was charged with animal abuse.

9 Joe Namath Joseph William Namath, nicknamed "Broadway Joe", is a former American football quarterback and actor.

Before I'm negative, I'll give credit where it's due. He won the super bowl proving the AFL could beat the NFL and kept the merger alive. I'll give him that. However, 175 TDS to 220 INTS. That's right more picks than TDS. Also, he had a passing rating of 65.5 and completed barely 50% of his passes. Also in Super Bowl III, he didn't throw any TDS. The only scores were field goals and one rushing touchdown by the running back. So in the biggest game of his career, he didn't do much to help his team. Also, had the colts brought in Johnny Unitas, the colts would have probably won. While he did lead to the merger, he wasn't very good at his position.

Some things need to be edited from my previous comment: he threw 173 TDS not 175. Also Johnny Unitas wasn't very instrumental to the colts in his short play time. I apologize for the gaffes. However I do believe Namath is very overrated. He was popular back then due to his personality and is popular now because he won that game. Had he not he would've been remembered as an over confident egotistical player who choked in the big game. Although he saved the merger, he was not by any means a great quarterback. Probably below average.

He is very overrated. He's should only be known to say that the Jets will win Super Bowl III. But it can't go that way. 80% of NFL fans think Joe Namath is a legend. Lets look at his stats. Note that he has 12 NFL seasons under his belt. 27,663 yards thrown. that's not that great. But wait. 173 TDS, and 220 INTS. That is a -37 TD and INT ratio. That's not what you call legendary, my friend.

Football is a team sport. When you win, its because the team played well not just because of the QB. There are many bad to average QB's who play for winning teams and Namath was exactly that. Another good example is Tebow.

10 Russell Wilson Russell Carrington Wilson is an American football quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League.

He threw the pick to Malcolm Butler. He fumbles to much. Russell gets to much credit when Marshawn Lynch runs for 150 yards or when Earl Thomas and Sherman get 2 picks each. Now that Marshawn has retired, we will see the real Russell Wilson. Once the defense falls apart, which it eventually will, Wilson will not be seen as elite.

I don't think that very many of you watch Russel play. Incredible play maker, extremely smart QB, one of the best option QB's in the league and he has one hell of an arm. I would love to see all those trash talkers go and throw some 50 yard bombs with the same accuracy and consistency as him.

Very overrated. Lynch and the Legion of Boom beat a team and Wison gets all the credit. With Marshawn gone Wilson is tying with the Cardinals and losing to the Saints. Ok and mediocre at best. He tried to prove that he was good in the Super Bowl and instead of giving it to Marshawn, Wilson threw a pick to Malcolm Butler.

I don't think he's even elite. He can't really throw the ball, it's just that he has receivers that can catch. The only reason Russell Wilson won a super bowl is because of the Seahawks' D

The Contenders
11 Joe Montana Joseph Clifford "Joe" Montana, Jr., nicknamed Joe Cool and The Comeback Kid, is a retired American football quarterback.

Had a stacked team. Joe Montana was still one of the greatest of all time, but when you have a team as good as Joe Montana had and when you have Jerry Rice as your #1 receiver, it's going to be easier for you to perform well.

If he was all that great he wouldn't need comebacks.

Your kidding me Joe cool overrated?

Not in the Top 10 best ever...

12 Jerry Rice Jerry Lee Rice is a former American football wide receiver who played 20 seasons in the National Football League, primarily with the San Francisco 49ers.

The goat. The boat. He is the best and all ways will be. Know one will ever be like him. Catch after Catch after catch. No clue why he is here. This is disappointing.

Yeah, but really. The guy IS the best receiver of all time, and also he was out there working 15-20 hours per day. Rice does NOT deserve a spot on this list.

Rice was good, but not the best player ever. He isn't even the best WR ever. A product of the WCO to some degree, and the product of the love that the media had with the 49ers in the late-80's and 90's.

That is a total lie, Rice worked 20 hours per day AT THE LEAST. You olhrocks dude, I don't know what you are thinking at all. Totally the best receiver EVER.

13 Chad Ocho Cinco

Very overrated. People are saying he is a Hall of Famer, but the only case you can make is against Michael Irvin's stats. Will always be remembered for his antics.

He sucked straight up!..

14 Dick Butkus

Dick butkus lacks speed, agility, and raw athleticism. In an age where 4.5 was unheard of he prospered. In today's game his signature arm tackle would not work and his ability to make tackles outside of the tackles would be exploited. He played in the infancy of the game. The offense and defensive schemes ware the schemes taught to pee wee football players today. he would get destroyed

You can't compare football now with football 40 years ago. He was one of the best defensive players ever to play the game. Time change, he just dominated before most of you were born.

Dick Butkus. Killed a man. From a Vikings fan. All you guys are just Lions fans. Some of you probably don't know this. Week 6, 1972. He hit a Lions reciever dead with one tackle. Take any linebacker ever. Can he do that. NO.

This guy is a big ass who can tackle Russel Wilson in 2 seconds. Take him off.

15 Darrelle Revis Darrelle Shavar Revis is an American football cornerback who currently plays for the New York Jets in the National Football League.

The best Corner in the game today by far. He can take on any reciever right now. Future Hall of Famer.

16 Terrell Owens Terrell Eldorado Owens is an American football wide receiver who played for the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, and Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League.

Terrell Owens was great but he did more harm than good to his teams. If he was actually great, Owens wouldn't have played for five teams. Plus, Randy Moss is better than him any day. He his a top 100 player ever, though. I would probably put Terrell at 92 or 93. I would take Owens over Hines Ward and Chad Ochocinco and Reggie Wayne, and Don Maynard, and Roddy White, though.

People are really confused. He is most agruably the most underrated player in history. The only clear receiver better than him is Jerry Rice. People like to overrated people just because they don't like someone or they are arseholes. Anybody that voted for Owens is a waste of space!

Only a little overrated. He is still probably one of the top 95 nfl players ever.

Are you kidding me? 2nd all time leader in passing yards, and 3rd in receiving TD. How is that overrated!?!?

17 Brett Favre Brett Lorenzo Favre is a former American football quarterback who spent the majority of his career with the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League.

Longevity made his career 10 best seasons not that great compared to other quarterbacks. One superbowl win in 20 years of playing in the nfl. At the end of his career he was a distraction rather than a player... Won three mvps but he's an interception machine worst than quarterbacks such as Mark Sanchez, Michael Vick, and JaMarcus Russell. Jamarcus Rusell actually had 23 interceptions in his career, and Favre has matched or had more interceptions in a season 4 times than Russell has in his whole career. Postseason record is decent 13-11 but that's not that great for a QB who is considered to be a top 10 QB of all time. Romo is overrated as hell but Favre is considered to be one of the greatest QB's of all time so how I did this was basically how "great your considered to be"/how good you actually are...

By far the most overrated athlete of our time. He played with the best supporting cast and coaching in his career in a statistic friendly offensive system that required little skill from the quarterback position. In playoff games he resembled a below average player on a dominant team that would win if the team pulled through with his numerous mistakes and poor judgement. In comparison to the greats like Montana, Aikman, Bradshaw, Manning...Favre was lucky to be playing for a great team.

Brett favre is overrated, but I wanna say something about Tom Brady. He is NOT overrated. About the whole "spygate" incident, you just need to shut up. Tom Brady himself did not videotape other teams playing. If Robert Kraft, the owner of the Patriots was unaware of it, a logical guess would be Tom Brady was too. And to doubt his ability because of it, take a look at his 2010 season. 339 passes without an interception (from week 6 to end of season, longest streak), only 4 interceptions the whole season (amazing), 14-2 (best record in the NFL), the only QB (even player) to ever be unanimously decided MVP (ridiculous), and he was voted the #1 player of 2011 BY HIS PEERS. If they had something against him for "cheating", he wouldn't have been #1. Honestly for that season alone, I don't think he had an advantage that haters exaggerate on and on about. When I look at this list, I see a lot of mistakes. Manning, Montana, Rice. It makes no sense. McNabb, Romo, and Vick do deserve to be ...more

I have said for years, and I am a Packer fan, that this guy is the most overrated QB and one of the most overrated NFL players period. If turnovers were a measure of greatness, than Favre would be #1 by a mile. His Ego, his Turnover ability, and bad decision making throughout his career make the case.

18 Ben Roethlisberger Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger, Sr., nicknamed Big Ben, is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League.
19 Cam Newton Cameron Jerrell Newton is an American football quarterback for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. He had previously played with the Carolina Panthers from 2011 to 2019, and for the New England Patriots in 2020. In November 2021, he signed with his old team, the Carolina Panthers.

The only reason he gets fame because of his "dab" and his run. He can only run and pass to Ginn and Olsen. Mike Tolbert is 50x better then this backup dancer.

He knows how to win but stat wise he can be considered kind of overrated.

Cam newton is not overrated.

20 Emmitt Smith Emmitt James Smith III is a former college and professional American football running back who became the National Football League's all-time leading rusher during his fifteen seasons in the league during the 1990s and 2000s.

Why is this guy here! He was one of the greatest running backs of all time

21 Joe Flacco Joseph Vincent Flacco is an American football quarterback for the New York Jets of the National Football League.

Nah he underrated super bowl mvp 3 afc championship appearances

22 Donovan McNabb Donovan Jamal McNabb is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for thirteen seasons.

Definitely overrated. He had Owens and Westbrook but McNabb got most of the credit. He got booed when he was drafted. Should be number two or three behind Jay Cutler and Tony Romo.

I can see why people would think he is but to me McNabb is actually underrated when it comes to talking about all the great Philly had his never brought up.

McNabb is better than Michael Vick, but he should be number two behind Tony Romo.

How is he overrated? he is the definiton of UNDERRATED nobody gives him the credit he desevres for what he did with the eagles.

23 Peyton Manning Peyton Williams Manning is a former American football quarterback who played 18 seasons in the National Football League for the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos.

Had Harrison Wayne or Thomas his whole career and yeah brady had moss and gronk, but he made afc championships in years where he had little talent around him (06 and 13) while manning had 2 good years 06 and 13 coincidently and won in 06... choked in 13 despite having dt and decker. Those 2 years were the only 2 he should've got mvp to be honest. Great player but brady is way better. And by the way brady isn't overrated. Watch the beginning of 2017... he carried them at age 40. In 2011 one of the worst defenses he had and he took em to a super bowl and of it weren't for a lucky catch and the pats just missing the Hail Mary he would've won... with a 31st ranked pass d or something like that. He's the most consistent and most valuable and that's why Brady's the GOAT

Manning has been consistently good in the regular season for longer than anyone and has posted monster stats during his career. There might not be a better QB to have in the game during good weather against a bad defense in a no-pressure situation. However given that many fans and the dumber sports writers consider him the best ever, and also given his consistently poor performances when the games really count he is the most overrated player in the NFL.

Greatest choke artist in recent NFL history. Sure, he can have great regular season stats, in fact, the greatest. But, he always seems to wear the collar in the postseason. Let's see.., sub.500 playoff record, 7 "one and dones" most playoff losses for a qb in NFL history (13), 13, etc., etc... Give Manning a pressure situation and you can count on him having a collar on when the game ends...

How is brady 2 manning should be 2 and brady shouldn't be on this list because brady doesn't choke. Manning had 1 good playoff run his career (2016 was his defense not him) while Brady's had 5. He got crushed by a Seahawks team that brady beat and threw a pick at the end of a super bowl he has good stats on the regular season, but when it matters he's below average

24 Michael Sam Michael Alan Sam, Jr. (born January 7, 1990) is a former American football defensive end. He played college football for the University of Missouri and was drafted by the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League (NFL) in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL draft. more.

I'm not saying it's good to be gay, because it is not. But someone should have given him a shot. Maybe he will get a job in the CFL. He should not be on here because he never played an NFL game.

A guy who should of went undrafted and I don't blame the Rams for cutting him one bit.

Sam was light, and not that tall.

As much as I wish success to all players, I am afraid he was drafted more because of his sexual orientation than his skill :/

25 Johnny Manziel Jonathan Paul Manziel is an American professional Canadian football quarterback for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He was drafted by the NFL's Cleveland Browns with the 22nd overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. Towards the end of the 2015 season, Manziel endured numerous scandals, more.

Look know johnny manziel is very overrated but I can say that he is a mobile QB but doesn't have a great arm or good accuracy Though, I don't like johnny manziel because he is very arrogant and think he's better than everybody but he's not, What he did in college is great but he is in the nfl now and there are guys that have more experience and that are faster, stronger and are mentally trained. manziel does not fit that trait. And that's all I have to say about johnny football,

Manziel is horrible. He has done nothing in the nfl. All he does is flip the bird

Ladies and Gentleman the Ryan Leaf of our time.

He's a crazy loon.

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