Troy Polumalu is easily one of the most recognizable players in the NFL. The hard-nosed safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers is known for his ferocious hits on the field and flowing locks off the field. Polumalu now can add most liked player in the NFL to his resume, according to Forbes magazine.
The business publication which ranks nearly everything in professional sports recently conducted an E-Poll Market Research survey in order to determine which NFL players were the most liked along with which players were the most disliked. Polumalu came in with a 63% appeal rating while Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh came in as the least liked player in the NFL currently.
Quarterbacks came in as the most liked position, with seven of the top-10 liked players play under center. New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees was the most liked signal caller, garnering a 62% appeal rating. Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning and Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers round out the fourth and fifth spots respectively of the most liked NFL players.
Quarterbacks not only were among the most liked, but also ranked in the bottom of the list as some of the most disliked players. Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler was the second most least liked player in the NFL with a 21% appeal rating. Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick comes in third, not surprisingly. Vick is easily one of the most polarizing players in the NFL.
One surprise on the list of the five least liked players is Oakland Raiders backup QB Matt Leinart. Leinart has only attempted 13 passes in the last two seasons, so his name making this list is somewhat shocking.
One rookie player made the list of most liked, Washington Redskins signal caller, Robert Griffin III. Griffin has been a dynamic playmaker on the field for Washington and easily could become one of the league’s most marketable young stars. He is an extremely intelligent player which an infectious smile. As Peyton Manning and Tom Brady wind down their NFL careers, RG III could easily become one of the NFL’s top pitchmen going forward.
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