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Michael Vick, of the Philadelphia Eagles, ranks first in Forbes list of the most-disliked NFL players of 2013. The individuals that identify themselves as huge NFL fans like him, but most of the other casual observers still envision the man that he was six years ago. On April 25, 2007, Vick’s role in an interstate dog-fighting ring came to the surface and he was later prosecuted, staying in federal prison for nineteen months. Though he has stayed on track and appears to have significantly changed since his time in prison, the stigma of his crimes continually are attached to Vick, which is signified by the dislike indicated by 53% of the respondents.

The list is based on an E-Poll survey of 1,100 people over the age of thirteen. The latest surveys are produced by E-Poll Market Research, where E-Score measures the public opinion of thousands of celebrities based on “likeability, awareness, confidence, and many other attributes.” The E-Poll only questioned respondents on currently active NFL players whose awareness registered a minimum of 10% with the public.

Not far behind from Vick rests Manti Te’o, of the San Diego Chargers, who is ranked as the second most-disliked player in the NFL, with dislike shown by 48% of the respondents. The girlfriend hoax was published worldwide, which placed immense suspicion upon Te’o, and his supposed underlying motives. “I think this will stay with him until he gets the chance to prove them wrong,” says E-Poll Chief Executive Gerry Philpott.

Next on the list is Ndamukong Suh, of the Detroit Lions, who is disliked by 43% of the respondents. Fans admire tough players, yet despise dirty ones. Just earlier this year, Suh swiftly took his elbow and right-hooked Cardinals Eric Winston in the head, which went unnoticed by officials.

The fourth and fifth most-disliked NFL players are awarded to Ben Roethlisberger, of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Mark Sanchez, of the New York Jets, both disliked by 40% of the respondents. The reasons why Sanchez is in this position are completely different from that of Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger’s image is still associated with past sexual assault accusations, while Sanchez is simply blamed for the Jets downfall last year.

The last five players of the top ten most-disliked NFL players of 2013 are: Jay Cutler, Tony Romo, Tom Brady, Carson Palmer, and Reggie Bush. Of these five players, Tony Romo and Tom Brady are possibly the most surprising. Romo continues to be undervalued because he has yet to make it to the Super Bowl and Brady has won it three times, yet they both are on the Forbes list. The aforementioned fact simply portrays the significance of perception. Romo is disliked for never making it to the Super Bowl, whereas Brady is disliked for making it there “too much”. The results of polls, such as this, highly and solely depend on individual outlooks to create the list, which should usually be taken into consideration.

A full list can also be found online.

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  • http://Yahoo Debbie

    Michael Vick made a mistake, as we all have done in life. He’s taken his punishment and deserves a second chance and those who keep harping on it should just let it go and get a life.

    • Jimmy Boccio

      A mistake? He is an evil POS, that deserves to die.

      • patrick

        Jimmy, i was unaware you were judge and jury and for that matter God! he made a mistake, payed his debt to society, and that is all you can ask.

      • Ben

        Ray Lewis Killed his girlfriend and got away with it. THAT’S AN EVIL POS. Mike Vick is a standup guy in my book. How many other players do you think were involved? He never said anything about them. Not to justify what he did but it’s the same idea as the UFC or rigged Boxing which I’m sure you watch

      • Amanda

        I hope that everyone in your family is perfect because you are a POS.

  • Hypocrites

    I have read comments on twitter about this article and can’t believe how many hypocrites there are in this nation. All people make mistakes and I have never met a perfect person. And before you tell me that some of these guys committed crimes, let me tell you the reality of our justice system. I work in that profession. The reality is that any person could be followed around and within a month, they could receive a felony for something. It is also reality that prosecuting attorneys will literally make things up about people and force convictions. I have seen MANY innocent people go to prison. That is what is scary about the whole legal system. Unless you have major money, you can’t get a fair trial in this nation.

    I know what we see on TV every night are the worst of the worst cases. People that are obviously guilty. People who kidnap others and stuff them in their basement — stuff like that. But THOSE CASES ARE NOT REPRESENTATIVE of the majority of cases that occur daily in our courtrooms.

    At the end of the day though, it all boils down to the fact that people make mistakes. Some larger than others. Like I said, I could follow around anyone and within a month charge them with some sort of felony. I could dig around in their lives and find something to smear them about.

    Why do you think Christ told us not judge or we would be judged? Christ knew the distortion that exists between perception and reality. I see that distortion every day in the courtroom.

    • I Agree

      I totally agree. Ever been to a jury selection? The prosecutors will literally choose people they know or people that are biased. If you have the least bit of common sense, you will be disqualified.

      People don’t know what they don’t know about courtrooms. They think it is like they see on TV.

  • Wow

    Some of the cases of these guys are distorted. I live in Georgia. When Ben R. came down, the girls made it a point to go see him. The girls belonged to a sorority and literally made name tags with their sexual status on them. The woman who accused Ben had a name tag that said “DTF.” DTF of course means, “Down To F@#&”. She knew what she was doing. Believe it or not there are many women who will set up men. Ever been to a divorce court behind the scenes?

    Just remember DTF. What innocent, naive girl writes that on a name tag? Please. She knew exactly what she was doing.

  • Anne

    What is the point of this? Is there a list of most liked players? And someone out there is so naive as to think biases toward teams and players (i.e. Brady simply because he’s had a great career) don’t come into play here. And then there’s jealously. I see no value in creating negative polls on which to focus.

  • Jack

    Some of these same players, Tony Romo & Tom Brady, would probably also make a “most liked” list.

  • Perfect People

    Everyone makes mistakes. What I have noticed in life is that everyone likes you when you are on top and then if you make a mistake, everyone wants to slam you. Funny thing is that most of the people doing the slamming or hating are some of the most dysfunctional people on the planet. I also agree with the comments below about courtrooms. If the American people actually knew what went on behind the scenes in our courtrooms, they would revolt. But most of America just watches TV and thinks that is reality. Want to find some of your most awful people? Go to your local courthouse and spend time with judges, lawyers, cops, and district attorneys.

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