There are a lot of unlikeable characters playing today in the NFL. But according to a survey published yesterday on Forbes.com, Michael Vick is the most disliked man currently playing professional football.
Michael Vick served his time, 19 months, for being involved in a dog fighting ring. However, in a society that considers dogs not just household pets, but members of the family - it is unlikely that Vick will ever win back the affections of the greater public. It has been four years since his release from prison, and it's obvious that some crimes will never be forgiven.
The scientific poll was conducted by the Marketing Research Company, E-Poll. It measured the public opinion of celebrities and athletes, alike, based upon a survey of 1,100 people. The qualifying age was 13 years old and up. Vick lead the way with 53% of those polled reporting that they disliked him. Although it should be noted that Vick is now likeable enough to endorse Nike products and football fans in general feel okay with him, as opposed to non-football fans.
There were some obvious choices on the list. Yes, the media-craze surrounding San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Te'o last year put him on the list at second. The rest of the list seems to fall into place in terms of general public perception. The remaining top ten are: Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (he plays dirty), Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (multiple sexual assault chargers), New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (under performer, hated by Jets fans), Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (he complains and scowls a lot), Dallas Cowboy quarterback Tony Romo (he plays for Dallas), New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (a little, okay, a lot too perfect), Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (under performer/poor image) and Detroit Lions runningback Reggie Bush (he had to give back his Heisman Trophy and he gets injured a lot.)
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