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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: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:49 pm
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Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:44 pm

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

Well you let it out of the bag your sexual preference by calling these guys"good looking". By the way i have met them and they were jerks. nuff said

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Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:40 pm
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Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:39 pm
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Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:34 pm

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

Let's get something straight. Suh is not "regarded in some corners" as a dirty player; he was voted the DIRTIEST player in the NFL by his PEERS, the other NFL players. He cheap shots QB's, stomps on people and, like a lot of Lions (the dirtiest TEAM in the NFL) players, he likes to grab other players by the helmet and pull & twist.

Vick, Woods and Burress are largely disliked for their actions OFF the field. Suh is a jerk both on AND off the field. And then he goes on camera, in a press conference , and LIES right to the people. He was "trying to gain his balance?" when he stomped on that Packer. Does he think we'll believe him or our own eyes? He must think we're stupid. That helps to fuel the dislike for him.

He has serious issues and he's kidding himself if he thinks other people do not see this. And SHAME on the network that hired him to comment at halftime.  Why would you choose such an unpopular d-bag to come on your show? Who really cares what he thinks?

Finally, I do not see Suh all over the TV with a PILE of endorsements. That said, I can't think of one product he pitches, so he's not even that good at it. I can't wait until next season when opposing linemen do what they can to prod this idiot into more bad decisions. Yep, there's more suspensions in the future for Ndamukong Tool.

What is it about Bears fans that makes them so whinney?

Somebody hurry up and grab this clown some tissues before he ruins his keyboard with all of his CRYING!

The Bears suck and Cutler is Charmin SOFT!

Deal with it son!

Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:19 pm

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

Excellent post Hubster! It's pretty pathetic when someone needs to ask the question of what the difference is.

Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:19 pm

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

Great ohio joke...Add that to quick jokes. LOL!

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:17 pm

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

Whats the difference between dog fighting and slaughtering cows,pigs and chickens?

Anybody who asks this question, or similar, is quite frankly ... ignorant.  The difference is more than obvious.  Ask any first year law student.  Check the laws in any of the fifty states.  Dogs, cats and the like are domesticated animals.  Society reaps a benefit from the companionship of domesticated animals, thus they are protected by laws.  Wild animals (including deer) and animals raised as livestock are not domesticated and don't enjoy the same protections.  In short, dogs and cats share our homes and are part of our families, such is not the case with cows, pigs and chickens.

Is it really that hard to see? Or are some posters so damned determined to support Vick that he or she just refuses to see the obvious?

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:15 pm

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

The only virgins in Ohio are the girls who are faster then their brother.

Since: Jan 30, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:07 pm

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

It doesn't surprise me that 9 out of 10 of the people on this list are NON-WHITE. Shows where our world has come to HUH?

Thanks Forbes
This has absolutely nothing to do with the WORLD. This has to do with the I-am-better-than-the-WORLD attitudes these individuals walk around with. They feel rules/laws don't apply to them because they have had their a$$ kissed since they were children. Stop with all the racial implications when these rankings. These athletes that clearly damaged their own reputation. Every individual listed has a reason to be disliked by many, even by thoughs who had supported them at some in their careers. So please stop with the ignorant remarks.

The only ignorance I see is in your lack of vision. It's no coincidence that 9-10 athletes aren't white. The thought of Black athletes making millions of dollars is enough in itself to piss off a majority of these "Forbes" pollsters. And how many of the people polled by Forbes in regards to this list do you think were non-white? Tiger Woods cheated on his wife, a common occurance in todays society. Big Ben is accused of rape twice and he gets a pass? Now I know Tiger Woods is a more world-wide sports figure but gimme a break. Plax has never been a big figure in the world of sports and he's on this list why? Cause he shot himself in the leg and had to go to prison for it no less. If you think race has nothing to do with this than you're as ignorant as people who think racism no longer exists. And enough with this concept that all athletes have this snobbish "better than the world" attitude. The fact is most athletes are down to Earth and accessable to everyone, unlike other "Elite" in other chosen professions who wouldn't so much as glance in your direction. Also a majority of Black athletes come from middle to lower class families, of all the things they've experienced I doubt most have had thier a$$ kissed since they were young.

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