Every year Forbes magazine release a list of the 10 most hated NFL Players, and while there are some surprises this year, one name is seems like it will never leave the list, Philadelphia Eagles’ QB Michael Vick. Vick has been a mainstay on the annual hate list since returning to the NFL after serving 19 months in prison for bankrolling a dog-fighting operation. Although Vick has performed well, stayed out of trouble, and taken strides to prevent others from making his poor decisions through charity work, it seems as though forgiveness is something he will never get from the fans.
While Vick’s appearance on the list is expected, the young rookie linebacker that fills the number two spot is somewhat of, especially when he was the “victim” in his ordeal. San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti T’eo takes the number two spot cause no one likes a sucker apparently, or maybe people believe that he Catfished himself, either way people don’t like him or his fake girlfriend.
At number three is Ndamukong Suh, Detroit Lion’s heavily penalized defensive tackle. Suh is known as one of the dirtiest players in the game so it’s no wonder why he makes this list. He has amassed fines and suspensions for late hits, stomping on groins, and many helmet to helmet hits. It’s almost to the point where he can’t tackle a person with out risk of penalty.
Here’s a look at the rest of the list:
1) Michael Vick
Pct. Dislike: 53%
Those who identify as big NFL fans like him, but much of the wider audience still knows him as the dog-fighting guy.
2) Manti Te’o
San Diego Chargers
Pct. Dislike: 48%
Not enough playing time as a rookie yet to erase memories of the bizarre fake girlfriend episode at Notre Dame last year.
3) Ndamukong Suh
Pct. Dislike: 43%
Fans love tough players, but not dirty players. It’s a line Suh often flirts with.
4) Ben Roethlisberger
Pct: Dislike: 40%
Past investigations into sexual assault accusations never yielded any charges, but still hover over his image.
5) Mark Sanchez
New York Jets
Pct. Dislike: 40%
Has never seemed unlikeable, just began taking heat for his own and the Jets regression last year. With rookie QB Geno Smith now showing promise, Sanchez, out with an injured shoulder, is even easier to dump on.
6) Jay Cutler
Pct. Dislike: 33%
A perpetual sourpuss. Is Cutler ever happy?
7) Tony Romo
Pct. Dislike: 32%
Underrated and underappreciated. That’s life as quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys when you don’t get to the Super Bowl, regardless of your eilte play.
8) Tom Brady
New England Patriots
Pct. Dislike: 25%
Pretty boy, model wife, perfect life. Women love him, but guys can’t picture him coming over to watch the game over a few beers, like they can with Peyton Manning or Aaron Rodgers.
9) Carson Palmer
Pct. Dislike: 24%
Former Heisman winner from USC has seen his career sink after early promise. His departure from Cincinnati in 2011 – disgruntled player forcing a trade – didn’t help Palmer’s image.
10) Reggie Bush
Pct. Dislike: 22%
Bush’s uneven pro career (three teams in eight seasons) hasn’t been enough to undo his lasting image as the USC guy who had to return his Heisman Trophy amid scandal.