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Michael Vick Tops List of Most Disliked NFL Players

Michael Vick
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Players with legal troubles and quarterbacks head a list of the NFL’s most disliked players. The list, based on the findings of a public survey of NFL player perception conducted by Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research, indicates that players with legal issues, contract disputes or suspect character are viewed unfavorably by NFL fans.

Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Michael Vick ranks first on the most disliked list. Vick is apparently still suffering from negative perception surrounding his 2007 conviction related to his participation in a dog-fighting ring. A full 60 percent of those polled said that they either “dislike,” “dislike somewhat” or “dislike a lot” regarding Vick, who is playing his third NFL season since his release from prison.

“If this were a poll of fantasy football players, you’d see a whole different result,” Nielsen Sports VP Stephen Master, said about Vick. “They love him.”

Six quarterbacks are among the top 10 most disliked NFL players. The Eagles and New England Patriots each have two players on the list.

Immediately following Vick on the list are New York Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress, who resumed his career this season after serving a prison sentence on a gun charge, and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback  Ben Roethlisberger, who was investigated — but never charged — in a sexual assault case.

Albert Haynesworth (New England), Jay Cutler (Chicago), Chad Ochocinco (New England), Vince Young (Philadelphia), Carson Palmer (Oakland), Tony Romo (Dallas) and Jeremy Shockey (Carolina) complete the top 10.


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