NBCSports.com's Top 5 most overrated athletes in sports
1. Brett Favre
Although Brett Favre has some of the most impressive numbers in NFL history and is a Super Bowl champ, at this point in his career, Favre just isn't what he used to be. Despite a clear decline in skill, he's still one of the most talked about names in the NFL. His unwillingness to retire is only further tarnishing his legacy. Favre, the career interceptions leader, already came out of retirement once to join the Jets last season, and it now appears a safe bet that he'll unretire again to join the Vikings.
2. Danica Patrick
Danica Patrick joined the IRL IndyCar Series in 2005. She went on to become only the fourth woman to race in the Indianapolis 500 and was named the Indy 500 and IndyCar Series rookie of the year. She's been arguably the most recognizable name and face on the IndyCar Series ever since. While Patrick may have extreme notoriety, she hasn't had the success to match. In fact, in 72 races on the IndyCar Series, she has won only one race, taking the Indy Japan 300 in 2008.
3. Terrell Owens
Despite what T.O. may tell you, numbers don't tell the whole story. There is no denying that Owens has been one of the most dominant wide receivers in the NFL. What the numbers don't show, however, is that Owens can be a cancer that tears teams apart. On his way out of San Francisco, he questioned Jeff Garcia's sexuality, and he threw Donovan McNabb under the bus in Philly paving his way to the Cowboys. Not even Jerry Jones could put up with his me-first attitude and released him this year, leaving T.O. to sign with the Bills.
4. Alex Rodriguez
Statistically, A-Rod is one of the best baseball players of all time. But if you dig further into his career, does he really live up to all the hype? Rodriguez has never won a World Series and has a disturbing history of wilting in pressure situations. A-Rod put up some of his biggest numbers while in Texas where there wasn't much pressure to win. But he's struggled mightily at times under the scrutiny of playing in the Bronx for the Yankees. For the icing on the cake, earlier this year, A-Rod admitted to using steroids.
5. David Beckham
There's no denying that David Beckham is one of the most popular athletes in the world. But does that make him the best soccer player? Beckham enjoyed success in England with Manchester United, winning the Premier title six times. He moved on to Real Madrid, winning the La Liga title in his final year with the team before coming to the U.S. to join the L.A. Galaxy. Beckham wanted to popularize soccer in America, but after creating an initial buzz, the excitement wore off and the popularity of the sport is still very small.