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Survey says: Vick NFL's most disliked player

Posted on: November 7, 2011 5:20 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2011 5:33 pm
Fantasy players might love Vick but the general public does not. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's all about perspective. Looking through the prism of fantasy football, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is probably one of the NFL's most popular players. In real life, where there are no points for total passing yards, Vick is the league's least liked player, at least according to the latest public surveys from Neilson and E-Poll Market Research, which tracks the public's perception of athletes and celebrities.

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Vick has clearly made some public reparations over the past two years with his strong play on the field and gentlemanly behavior off of it. But these things have a way of taking time....

Why the continued hostility toward Vick? Nielsen Sports VP Stephen Master chalks it up to the scientific sample that mirrors the entire U.S. population, not just hardcore football fans. Casual fans that know Vick’s name primarily through his dog fighting legal circus naturally tend to focus on the negative. Women, for example, view Vick negatively at a 70% clip, compared to 50% for men.
Turns out, the public has little patience for law-breakers (or perceived law-breakers), in general. Plaxico Burress and Ben Roethlisberger were among the top vote-getters. Also unpopular: whiners and quitters; Vince Young, Carson Palmer and Jay Cutler were disliked for reasons having solely to do with football.

Young because of his rocky relationship with then-Titans head coach Jeff Fisher, Palmer for retiring until the Bengals traded him to the Raiders, and Cutler for the injury he suffered during last season's NFC Championship game. (Apparently, Cutler didn't appear injured enough for some folks.) “There was a feeling Cutler quit on his team,” Master says, “He took a lot of abuse.”

Yes, yes he did.

Other names to make the list: Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco, Tony Romo, and Jeremy Shockey.

Sorta surprising that nobody from the Ravens made the list, though the irony of Palmer being the Raiders' most disliked player more than makes up for it.

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Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 6:23 am

Survey says: Vick NFL's most disliked player

I'm surprised Squeeler Nation did not make the list....They are all idiots!!

Since: Jan 11, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 5:23 am

Survey says: Vick NFL's most disliked player

Survey is true , He shouldnt even be playing in NFL and should of got banned ....but hey its the NFL

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 2:11 am

Survey says: Vick NFL's most disliked player

I'm one of those that will not forget or forgive Vick for his dog fighting.  Having worked in an animal shelter for 9 years I am well experienced in seeing dogs that are the victims of people just like Vick but they are usually unemployed and uneducated.  That puts Vick in a league all by himself !!!  I wish all of you could experience seeing a dog cry to death with it's throat bleeding and it's intestines hanging out.  People like Vick are not even moved by such scenes.  Every game Vick plays a pray for a painful career ending injury, he needs to suffer like the dogs that suffered because of him.  NO FORGIVENESS FOREVER !!!
What a stupid post.  Are you a vegan?  If you aren't, you're a stupid hypocrite.  If you are, you're just a dirty hippy.

The problem with people like you is that you're pussies.  You like to randomly make up morals and ethics and then you turn around and show that you're just a weak individual that wants social acceptance when you're lashing out.  Praying for a painful career ending injury?  Praying to who?  God?  I know of no religion where God looks favorably on people praying for painful injuries to other humans, especially humans you aren't in the least impacted by.

But let's say you were in a position to actually kill Michael Vick.  You would fucking puss out.  It would break your feeble little mind.  To injure someone permanently or take a life is something only psychotic people actually do.  Pussies just talk about it with no actual ability or stomach to actually do it.  I respect psycopaths more than some keyboard warrior that brags about causing harm to other people.  So stupid.

Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2011 12:57 am

Survey says: Vick NFL's most disliked player

In the words of Ice Tray in a Fresh Prince episode, "Like WHO Cares". I don't even know how I found my way unto this article. 

I thought it was something that will ultimately be beneficial to me. I guess I was wrong.  

Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 12:39 am

Survey says: Vick NFL's most disliked player

Well what do you expect?  He killed his dogs man!!  Jesus H Christ what an wasshole to be doin that.  His dogs were not winning him the change so you gotta do what you gotta do - to get the results ya need.  WOW....Vick kiiled his dogs.  His dogs?  We talking about killing dogs.  Once a thug gangsta beeotch always one.  His mamma must have done worsts, so throw him a basketball so he can dance for the man.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2011 11:46 pm

Survey says: Vick NFL's most disliked player

What no Ravens? Isn't that special...I guess too many fans like their brand of football.

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 10:46 pm

Survey says: Vick NFL's most disliked player

So beeco and Hubster............let me make sure I understand your eloquent point; anyone who dislikes Vick is a racist hater?  Please help connect the dots on this one?  If Vick were white and people had the same feelings about him at this time, would they still be racist?  How is this a race issue at all?  Tony Romo, Jeremy Shockey and Carson Palmer made the list are those that voted them in  all racist too?

People in general have a very low tolerance for those that bring harm to children and animals, seems that when you are so low that you must attack defensless animals and children (or promoting their deaths via sport) it might not get a warm fuzzy response from society.  You know what happens to guys in prison who harm children?? I bet all those that hate those guys are racist too.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2011 10:25 pm

Survey says: Vick NFL's most disliked player

Right now the deity isn't with Vick as he is losing to the Bears (a less then stellar team) and he is playing awful... like it or not Vick was overrated, he was handed a video game offense and so far he hasn't done much with it this year... to the tune of 11 TD's 9 ints now and what 3 lost fumbles...he has had 1 real good passing season and that was last year he is 31 and he won't improve from that if anything he will decline... Eagle fans better get comfy with their QB because he is theirs for a while...

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: November 7, 2011 10:02 pm

Survey says: Vick NFL's most disliked player

It's always funny to me to read these articles written by scumbag racist haters

Oh boo hoo hooie ... if you don't like Mike Vick and his dog killing habits, you must be a racist hater .. boo hoo hooiey.  Give the man a pass ... he runs well and is good with a ball .. boo hoo hooiey.  Drop to your knees and worship him ... or you are a racist hater .. boo hoo hooiey!   Cool

Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: November 7, 2011 9:34 pm

Survey says: Vick NFL's most disliked player

Obviously, Mike Vick is a hell of athlete and a pretty decent QB.  I am not a hater of Vick per se, but I will say that I agree with most of the posts which view him as less than a stellar human being.

In my book you know what is right and what is wrong, period. 

Saying and doing things that are wrong speaks highly of his character, no matter what age he was, or who he was wronging with his actions.  He knew better (assuming he is NOT a total dumbass), and made choices that people of higher character wouldn't.

Do I wish him broken legs? No.  Do I wish him success? Not in the NFL.  Make a difference in society and maybe I'll lighten my opinion of him.

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