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Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

Posted on: February 8, 2012 12:37 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2012 8:19 pm
Suh's moved past his Thanksgiving mistake, but the public hasn't forgotten yet. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Not breaking news: Michael Vick is an unpopular athlete when it comes to public polling. This has been true since Vick went to jail for dogfighting and it remains true to this day. But it's a bit surprising to see Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh climbing the charts (sliding the chutes?) of the most unpopular athletes in the world.

According to a survey done by Nielson and published by Forbes, Suh checks in as the fourth-least-liked athlete in the world, behind only Vick, Tiger Woods and Plaxico Burress.

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It's not entirely shocking that Suh would end up on this list. He's easily recognizable as the second-overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft and someone who has a pile of endorsements. He also stepped on an opponent on a nationally-televised Thanksgiving Day game against the Packers and drew a two-game suspension.

He's regarded in some corners as "dirty" and in many places as a "bad boy" of the NFL, regardless of whether or not that's accurate. According to Forbes, Suh's lack of popularity is a total 180-degree turn, as he was on the list of most popular athletes just four months ago.

"He went from being so popular to being a pariah in one season," says Stephen Master, VP of Sports for Nielson.

Fortunately for Suh, an incident-free 2012 will go a long way towards cleaning up his image. Guys like Plaxico and Vick, who served actual prison time, as well as Tiger, who suffered through a public infidelity scandal the likes of which we've never seen, have a much higher hill to climb if they want to regain their popularity among the general populace.

Dropping out of the top-10 most-hated list from the NFL this time around? Al Davis (passed away), Jerry Jones (must have become sympathetic with the Cowboys missing the playoffs?), Ben Roethlisberger (was never actually charged?) and Randy Moss (retired).

The lesson as always? Time heals all wounds. Some times it just takes longer for some people.

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Since: Aug 21, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 9:21 pm

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

Suh and Plax are disliked but noone, not even Tiger Woods, casn compare iwth Michael Vick.
Vick  will not ever  be rehabilitated  because the evil in his soul still flourishes. He has no clue sbout ther meaning of the word "atonerment" He is a liar and cheat and a lousy quarterback. He can't throw the long one and has no touch. He is a lefty and can no longer run faster than the linebackers who chase him when he runs for his life.  He suckered the fools that run the Eagles including that tired old (who has never won the big one and never will) Andy Reid and that foolish owner who gave him millions thus corrupting his whole team with the "me first" greed that Vick personifies. Anyone who signs on now does it not to win the Super Bowl but to make money. Look at greedy  Asante Samuels who won't tackle  anyone , the mediocre player they signed from Oakland for millions who begged off playig so he wouldn't get injured; the fast but cowardly receiver who won't go over the midde, the reject from Buffalo who doesn't like getting hit.(he tried harder this year so he can set up a big payday from those fools)
I could go on and on and on but suffice it to say --they won;t be winning the east division next year.
The best thing the Eagles can do is 1) fire Reid; 2) trade Vick for anythiong you can get; 3) get rid of Vince Young ASAP for whatever you can get or if nothing release him.4) immediately sign a QB weither from draft or free agent. Take your lumps in 2012-13 you cant win anyway.

Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2012 9:18 pm

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

Hubster, where do I click "Like"?

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 9:16 pm

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

Just three of the reasons why I boycotted the NFL this year!

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 8:49 pm

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

You people questioning why Vick is hated have to be the biggest tools in the history of Earth.  Here (from a friend) are just a FEW reasons why the man is hated and should NOT be in the NFL!

- financing an illegal interstate gambling ring
- running an illegal interstate gambling ring for six years
- fighting dogs
- killing dogs
- killing dogs in especially fun ways, like electricution and drowning
- knowingly giving a woman herpes
- sneaking marijuana on a plane
- owning a waterbottle that has a marijuana smuggling compartment
- providing a vehicle for drug dealing
- giving the double bird to kids after a Falcons game
- blew off Eagles off-season workouts
- stealing money from a pension fund
- having someone shot at his birthday party
- lied about leaving "hours" before someone was shot at his party
- being a coach killer
- being a big jerk
- hiring an agent while still in college
- Marcus Vick
- not paying back his creditors because he needs two houses (one of which was built while he was in prison)
- lying about dog fighting
- screwing over that sweet old man Arthur Blank
- missing 14 games with a 4-6 week injury - the same injury that forced him to miss only one game at Virginia Tech
- Ron Mexico
- providing a house for drug dealing (the original reason Bad Newz Kennels was raided)
- failing a drug test
- being accused of using steroids
- can't read the blitz
- can't hold onto the ball
- can't throw accuratly
- can't put touch on the ball
- can't complete the short pass
- can't audible  
- children out of wedlock
- last one in the building for practice
- first one to leave the building after practice
- cheated on his girlfriend (re: Ron Mexico incident)
- fragile as Bob Sanders
- promoting 'pump and dump' stock scheme via twitter
- kicking a football at a Washington Redskins cheerleader

Since: Oct 20, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:49 pm

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

I think this is ridiculous. Last year EVERYONE was on Vicks jock, even the media loved him, and now all of a sudden after the Eagles over hyped year fell apart(not vicks fault) he is hated? What a joke. Burress on the other hand, was welcomed back and most thought his punishment was to harsh because he cheddar-bobbed himself. Suh I can see people not liking him because of his dirty play on the field..

Since: Jun 7, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:37 pm

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

Why Vick... I understand suh because of how he behaves plax probably for not producing but Vick and the eagles finally started to get things on the same page at the end of this season... Don't understand all the hate because he seems to have changed as a person. I don't know people must not know how he is now/don't really follow football

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Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 6:04 pm

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

I can't figure out what Kris Humphries did to make the list.  He married a rich girl for a little while, but unless you're shallow enough to watch "reality" tv or read tabloids, why would you even care?

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