In all sports, there are true legends of the game who will live long in the memory for their exploits and amazing statistics but whilst their names remain in the history books for eternity, there are others who are overshadowed by this greatness despite themselves being decent athletes. Some are unfairly derided for not being flashy enough and some who are just roundly ignored for being sturdy workhorses. Here we look at a few athletes who deserve a bit more credit for what they've done.
1. Tim Raines
An amazing baseball player, Tim Raines spent 13 seasons with the Montreal Expos which, in itself probably prevented him getting too much attention as the team was never really associated with greatness (despite doing some good things). In which time Raines had seven trips to the All-Star game, stole 808 bases, and racked up 2,605 hits, 980 runs batted in, and an incredible 1,571 runs scored over an amazing 23-year career while batting .294.
Overshadowed by the loud-mouthed Rickey Henderson, Raines kept a low profile and got on with his game which is probably why he is still yet to be a Hall of Famer.
2. Ray Parlour
An English soccer player who spent the bulk of his career at Arsenal, Parlour earned himself the ironic nickname of the 'Romford Pele' for his solid performance but unglamorous image and has been described as an "unsung hero" and praised as a "fans' favorite" for his high-energy performances.
A Premier League winner and part of the famous Arsenal's invincibles team, Parlour also has won the F.A Cup, League Cup, and UEFA Cup Winners Cup but only received a clutch of call-ups for his national team, never making it to a major tournament.
3. Chris Osgood
Goaltenders in hockey never really get any credit, but Osgood was often seen as the reason the Detroit Redwings lost games rather than won them in his time with the club. Given that he went 401-216-66 with a 2.49 goals against average this idea is unfounded especially since he also went 74-49 with a 2.09 GAA in the playoffs en route to winning three Stanley Cups.
However, other players in the team such as Steve Yzerman got all the credit for any success.
4. Donovan McNabb
Ragged on by everyone from the media to his own teammates as people played down his achievements and folks like Terrell Owens took cheap shot after cheap shot so what did McNabb do to deserve this?
During his tenure with the Eagles, he led the Eagles to five NFC East division championships, five NFC Championship Games, and one Super Bowl whilst also breaking records as the Eagles' all-time leader in pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards, and passing touchdowns.
5. Sidney Moncrief
In an era dominated by the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, Moncrief found himself playing for the unpopular Milwaukee and was dragging them to the playoff's season in season out. Even Michael Jordan said of him, "when you play against Moncrief, you're in for a night of all-around basketball. He'll hound you everywhere you go, both ends of the court."