Forbes released their "Most Disliked NFL Players" list. Do you agree with them?
As with most Forbes sports articles, you can tell that there was some serious input from people who really aren't sports fans, and/or know absolutely nothing about the current culture of the NFL.
The list is mainly people who are in the news an awful lot, rather than truly the most unlikeable players in the NFL. Here's their list:
1. Michael Vick
2. Manti Te'o
3. Ndamukong Suh
4. Ben Roethlisberger
5. Mark Sanchez
6. Jay Cutler
7. Tony Romo
8. Tom Brady
9. Carson Palmer
10. Reggie Bush
Vick is no surprise. He has made a lot of progress and done some good things since his arrest for dog fighting, but there are a lot of people who will (understandably) associate him with that forever. That's fair, I suppose.
Not too far behind is Manti Te'o, who has barely even played in the NFL. His 'Catfish' scenario in college garnered him national recognition in his senior year at Notre Dame, so despite the fact that his NFL career has been non-descript so far, he's still battling negative perceptions.
As for the rest of the list, we can see that much like the rest of the news coverage around the league, it's extremely QB-heavy. 7 of the 10 players on the list are quarterbacks, and they range from one of the all-time greats (Brady) to some epic draft busts (Sanchez, Palmer) to overachieving undrafted free agents (Romo) and guys who are somewhere in between (Cutler, Roethlisberger).
I have a feeling that if you asked football fans only, we'd see names like Brandon Meriweather and Richard Sherman on the list. Between their constant dirty play (Meriweather) and loud mouths (Sherman), there's a lot of animosity built up there.
Who would you vote for as YOUR most disliked players in the NFL?