Forbes.com grabbed some traffic from sports fans this week when it published the results of a poll that asked fans to name their most disliked NFL player.
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick topped the list, as some fans still apparently haven’t forgiven him for his role in the dogfighting operation that sent him to federal prison. Or maybe people are just offended by his erratic play.
No Redskins player made the list, which could be seen as something of an accomplishment for a franchise that isn’t always well-received by people outside the loyal fan base.
The Albert Haynesworth years are in the past.
Still, this seems like a good place to have some fun with the Forbes question, and consider who might be the least likeable player on the Redskins.
Maybe it’s Brandon Meriweather, the head-hunting safety whom the NFL suspended this week for repeated illegal hits. Even if his punishment seems severe, and his penchant for causing head trauma doesn’t bother you, maybe you’re fed up with his indifference toward taking penalties that hurt the team.
Or maybe it’s Robert Griffin III. Seven of the 10 most disliked players on Forbes’s list were quarterbacks — Vick, Roethlisberger, Mark Sanchez, Jay Cutler, Romo, Brady and Carson Palmer — and as beloved as Griffin is, there is certainly a faction of fans that is already sick of him.
So who is the Redskins player that bugs you the most? Or if it’s just not in you to call out one of Washington’s guys, feel free to offer your least liked player from a different team. Or go old school and discuss your least favorite player of all-time.
Haters gonna hate.
Greg Schimmel is an editor who contributes his NFL insights to Opening Kick on Thursdays. Follow him on Twitter at @Greg_Schimmel.
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● Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning missed practice Wednesday with a minor ankle injury. According to the Denver Post, Manning wanted to practice, but Denver’s trainer kept him out. Manning said he will practice Thursday and his status for Sunday’s game against the Redskins is not in doubt. Champ Bailey, Wes Welker and Eric Decker were also among the Broncos to miss practice Wednesday.
● The Cleveland Browns announced Wednesday that former Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell will start Sunday for the Browns in Kansas City against the undefeated Chiefs and their top-five defense. The Cleveland Plain Dealer asked Browns fans whether they thought Cleveland had a better chance to win with Campbell than with previous starter Brandon Weeden. The majority of the fan responses they printed said Campbell would be an improvement over Weeden.
● New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs said fantasy football a “huge problem,” according to this story by the New York Daily News. Jacobs received a death threat on Twitter from a fantasy player who needed stats from Jacobs in the Giants’ game Monday night. Jacobs did not play because of a hamstring injury.
● Gene Wang on fantasy football at 8:30 a.m.