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.