New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has earned the tag as disliked player in the NFL in a public survey taken by E-Poll Market Research and released by Forbes.com.
More than half or 53 percent of those asked in the survey of 1,100 people said they disliked Vick despite his outstanding behavior since being released from prison in May 2009 following a 19-month sentence for his part in a dogfighting ring.
San Diego Chargers rookie linebacker Manti Te’o ranked second as 48 percent of respondents said they disliked the former Notre Dame star because of his story regarding a deceased girlfriend which turned out to be fake.
Te’o got the ranking despite the lack of evidence showing that he participated in on the hoax.
Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, came in as the third-most disliked player in the league, which was a surprise since he has been fined more than $200,000 for his behavior on seven occasions in his three-plus seasons in the league.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is fourth due to his off-field issues. He was involved in a near-fatal motorcycle accident in 2006 and has faced two sexual assault allegations.
Charges were not brought in either case, but he was suspended under the league’s personal conduct policy in 2010 and settled a civil lawsuit in one of the cases in 2012.
Rounding out the top five is New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, who lost the starting job to rookie Geno Smith and is out for the year after undergoing shoulder surgery.