Top 15 Most Underappreciated Positions in Sports

The quarterback, the starting pitcher, the striker, the point guard, there are a lot of positions in sports that people have deemed vital, and franchises are willing to pay a lot of money for these players. However, these are not the only positions that are on the field (or the court, or the ice) that are making all of the plays.

It takes a team effort to make it all the way to the championship, and some of the positions in sports aren’t quite as appreciated as they should be. These positions have players that don’t get a lot of glory, don’t get paid as well and don’t get their face slapped all over products that they have been asked to endorse.

But which positions in sports are the most underappreciated? You might think that some of the positions on this list get enough love, but we might get you to think twice about that. Without further delay, here are the 15 most underappreciated positions in the sports world.

13 Tight End

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12 Pinch Hitter

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

11 Guard (Football)

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

10 Second Baseman

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

9 Strong Safety

Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

8 Power Forward

Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

7 Defenseman (Hockey)

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

6 Defensive Tackle

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

5 Middle Reliever

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

4 Punter

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

3 Fullback (Football)

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

2 Catcher

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

1 Center (Football)

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Quick, name five centers that don’t play on your favorite team! It’s pretty hard to do, which is why we have it as the most underappreciated position in sports. Three of the 86 highest paid players belong at the center position. That’s it...three. The center takes a lot of abuse up the middle of the offense, and is tasked with having to identify blitzes to the rest of the offense while making sure the snap gets into the quarterback’s hands. One slip-up where the defense gets the ball, and people automatically look at you with a lot of anger. There are only 11 players that played center exclusively that have made it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame despite all of that hard work.

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