Michael Vick tops list of NFL’s most disliked players

October 22, 2013

Michael Vick isn’t winning a popularity contest. (Michael Perez / AP)

When it comes to rehabilitating his image, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has some work to do.

More than four years after serving a prison sentence for his involvement in dog-fighting, Vick easily took first place — in a bad way — with 53 percent of the vote in Forbes.com’s list of the most disliked NFL players, which is based on surveys from E-Poll Market Research. The firm looks at E-Score, Forbes says, and “measures public opinion of thousands of celebrities based on likeability, awareness, confidence and many other attributes. Pollsters have told us on a few occasions that while Vick scores well with hardcore NFL fans, the casual fan component still identifies him mostly with the legal woes of a few years ago.”

No. 2 on the list is a guy whose identity stumped members of a certain East Coast sports department: the San Diego Chargers’ Manti Te’o (48 percent). Te’o, of course, dominted headlines last winter because of a hoax involving a fake dead girlfriend.

The surveys polled 1,100 people ages 13 and older.

No. 3 on the list was the Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh, who was voted the dirtiest player in the league by his peers a few years back. Fourth is Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger and fifth is the New York Jets’ Mark Sanchez.

The rest of the list: Chicago’s Jay Cutler, Dallas’ Tony Romo, New England’s Tom Brady, Arizona’s Carson Palmer and Detroit’s Reggie Bush.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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