Day 25: Which Chicago Bears' player is the most overrated of all time?
Nathan Vasher lucked into more interceptions than any Bears' player that I can remember. He had 13 in his first two years as a Bear, but only 6 during the next, often injury plagued, 4 years in Chicago. He wasn't a very physical player, but he was playing in a Tampa 2 defense that asked its defensive backs to be physical.
In 2013 when I first talked about Vasher being overrated, I wrote;
He received a bunch of fortunate-bounce interceptions, and I always thought Corey Graham should have replaced him after he filled in during the '08 season.
In 2008 Vasher started 7 of the 8 games he appeared in and he had 21 total tackles. Graham started the 9 games at cornerback that Vasher missed and he played as a reserve in the other 7 games, but he racked up 91 total tackles. For some reason head coach Lovie Smith went right back to Vasher the following season and he kept Graham near the bench until he finally let him play some nickel in 2010.
Vasher's 108 yard return for a touchdown off a missed field goal in 2005 was a thing of beauty and it was the cherry on top of a Pro Bowl season for him, but Vasher was a less than average player for the majority of his career. And even in that 2005 season I thought Vasher was outplayed by his teammate Charles Tillman, but it took until 2011 before Tillman was finally rewarded with a Pro Bowl nod.
Now it's your turn, who do you peg as the most overrated Chicago Bear of all time?
And just in case you've missed any, here are all of our challenges so far:
Day 1: Earliest Chicago Bears Memory
Day 2: Favorite Bears Memory
Day 3: All Time favorite Bears Wide Receiver
Day 4: Favorite Place to Watch the Bears
Day 5: Least Favorite Bear of All Time
Day 6: All Time favorite Bears quarterback
Day 7: If the Bears could retire one more number...
Day 8: All Time Favorite Bears Running Back
Day 9: All Time Favorite Bears Tight End
Day 10: If you could take 1 historical Bear...
Day 11: All Time Favorite Bears Special Teamer
Day 12: All Time favorite Chicago Bears coach
Day 13: Most hated opposing player of all time
Day 14: Most hated opposing coach of all time
Day 15: Most Respected Opposing Player of All Time
Day 16: Favorite current Chicago Bears player
Day 17: Favorite Bears' team of All Time
Day 18: All Time favorite Bears linebacker
Day 19: The free agent that got away
Day 20: Current player you wish the Bears had on their roster
Day 21: Bears Player to Have a Beer With
Day 22: All time favorite Bears offensive lineman
Day 23: All time favorite Bears defensive lineman
Day 24: Least favorite current Chicago Bear