People come up with funny ideas for topics on which to poll the public, and for some reason someone decided to find out which NFL player was the most disliked. I personally think this is a far too grouchy and negative question and can't condone this level of negativity, but according to Forbes.com, other people can, and the results show that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is the NFL player the public can stand the least:
Forbes.com reported Monday that Vick is the NFL's most disliked player, according to a poll by Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research. Forbes.com reports that 60 percent of those polled picked said they "dislike," "dislike somewhat," or "dislike a lot" the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback. Second on the list was New York Jets receiver Plaxico Burress at 56 percent, who also has returned from a prison stay, followed by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who was accused of sexual assault last year but wasn't charged.
No surprise, I guess. The top two guys have both done jail time over the past half-decade and the guy at No. 3 at least danced with the possibility. That's the kind of thing that makes the public dislike a guy, especially when a segment of the population remains inclined to feel like people who commit those kinds of crimes shouldn't be allowed to return to multi-million-dollar-per-year jobs playing football. That's not the way I feel. I think, if you do your time, you should be allowed to go back to work if you can. But lots of people feel differently, and the results of this poll indicate that.
I do find it humorous that two of the players in the top 10 are Eagles quarterbacks, as Vince Young came in at No. 7. And on an NFC East-related note, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo came in No. 9. But anyway, Vick's No. 1 and I thought y'all might like to know that as he gets ready to be on your TV sets Monday Night.