Player Poll: Tebow NFL's most overrated

Survey of 180 players also places Mark Sanchez at top of list
10/25/2012 2:05 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
Apparently, “Tebowmania” is no longer running wild, at least among Tim Tebow’s fellow NFL players.

According to the results of a Sports Illustrated poll released this week, a panel of 180 players surveyed named the Jets’ backup quarterback as the most overrated player in the league, with Tebow receiving a whopping 34 percent of the vote.

Said poll also showed that the NFL panel doesn’t feel much better about the man ahead of him on the Jets’ depth chart, as Mark Sanchez received eight percent of the vote, tying him for second place with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

The shift is a drastic change for Tebow, who back in May was named by his peers as one of the Top 100 players in the league, ranking No. 95 in a player poll conducted by NFL Network.

"Wow, what are you going to say?" Tebow asked the media Thursday morning with a laugh. “I don’t know how to comment on that. Seems like the Jets always get something, you know?"

The results are somewhat of a double-whammy for the Jets, and especially Sanchez, who landed on the down side of Forbes’ fan popularity survey earlier in the week; in that poll, the fans surveyed Sanchez as the eighth least-liked NFL player, with wide receiver Santonio Holmes tying for tenth on the same list.

As for the SI poll, player votes saw a New York rival and one of Jets coach Rex Ryan’s former charges round out the Top 5, as Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (four percent) ranked fourth and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis (three percent) was fifth.

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