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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.

Details via Forbes.com:
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: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: November 7, 2011 7:17 pm
 

Survey says: Vick NFL's most disliked player

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone



Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: November 7, 2011 7:17 pm
 

Survey says: Vick NFL's most disliked player

Wow. Another poll about something trivial. Aren't there new football polls on sports websites every day? Why is this one considered newsworthy?



Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: November 7, 2011 7:17 pm
 

Survey says: Vick NFL's most disliked player

While I agree with some of what you have to say, the bottom line is that this guy was a criminal.  The part that sucks is that normal people follow the rules, work their ass off and struggle to make ends meet.  While the crime may not have been on par with some of the other hard offenses like shooting yourself in the leg, the bottom line is that these athletes get away with much more than the average Joe Schmoe because of who they are and how much money they make.  If any average guy would have done what Vick did, there life would be ruined.  They would have done twice the jail time, minimum, and good like finding any job after that.  People hate Vick because of what he stands for.  He is the very essence of self - indulgence with no sense of responsibility towards anyone but himself.  It is hard not to hate people that have everything they could ever want and piss it away out of stupidity.  It is even harder to watch as society gives it back to them on a silver platter knowing full well that they probably have no remorse for their crimes.  Vick deserves every insult that is thrown his way.  It is the price of his immoral idiocy when he had the world by the ass and a life many can only dream of.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 7:15 pm
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Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: November 7, 2011 7:04 pm
 

Survey says: Vick NFL's most disliked player

My plea is this; give Michael Vick a break. He deserves it.


Did he give those dogs a break? You know, the ones he put into rape stands? The ones he electrocuted? The ones he killed by slamming them to the ground? And why, because they didn't fight well enough!

Did those dogs deserve a break? What about the woman whom he gave herpes? Did she deserve a break? What about the fans he flipped off? The agents who found his fake water bottle with the hidden drug compartment? Do they not all deserve breaks?

He deserves a break?  ROFLMAO



Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: November 7, 2011 6:54 pm
 

Survey says: Vick NFL's most disliked player

Where's any of the Lion players that are just so 'dirty'. I guess they'll have to keep rippin' QBs heads off until they get the respect they deserve.



Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 6:53 pm
 

Survey says: Vick NFL's most disliked player

 

The problem is clearly stated.  Few of those voting know anything about sports or team play.  They only know what they are fed by the media.  Those who have followed the Vick story understand that he has matured.  He has repented, and has paid his debt to society. He appears to be a hard-working, responsible human being who is making a significant contribution to his team.  His offense, dog fighting is a significant wrong in our society.  Yet, why does it anger people more than a man who cheated on his wife with at least 20 other women, or those dealing drugs?  We have professional athletes who carry guns into locker rooms to collect on gambling debt's (Two crimes, two crimes two crimes in one.)  My plea is this; give Michael Vick a break. He deserves it.   




Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 6:45 pm
 

Survey says: Vick NFL's most disliked player

BTW..what Ron Mexico did to that girl was way worse then what he did to the dogs...he didnt give them herpies and thn lie about having it..Then making up the whole Ron Mexico thing...wow..is that sad.  I will give him this much, he has made it thru and back..alot would have quit.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 6:44 pm
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Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 6:43 pm
 

Survey says: Vick NFL's most disliked player

Let the truth be told, he should thank his lucky stars cause most people would have to do a hell of a lot more then he did to get his gig back.  You get a dui and companies don't want ya.. sure they were dogs, not humans..but what he did to them for $$ is sad.  He should be dam thankful to a washington team on monday night that got his asss 100 million...100 million to a guy who really is a genuine pos..but he can play qb..so people look th other way...Society should be ashamed.


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