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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: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:48 am
 

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

I think alot of this is stupid.  As far a Shu goes, you don't want to be labeled as dirty, but hated heck ya!  Now to Vick and Plax!  Plax shot himself in a very stupid situation.  My vote is time served and move on, and chuckle abit about it.  Vick probably grew up around dog fighting and didn't rea;ize the magnitude of his error.  If you have not been paying attention this is commen play in the south.  Make your own judgements on that one!  He did his time and apologized so end it.  If there is a perfect person who has never done wrong out there, please respond so I can get your autograph!



Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:43 am
 

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

I'm surprised guys like James Harrison or DeSean Jackson don't make this list! Plax only hurt himself! Vick only hurt dogs! We slaughter billions of cows for delicious cheeseburgers & steaks! Woods paid the price financially & professionally! Humpfreaks only got paid to get laid!



Since: Jul 29, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:45 pm
 

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

Plaxico should be on the dumbest list not most disliked!!!



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:19 pm
 

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

Juleswallet, if you keep using words like Torquemada, these losers' heads are going to explode.  Knowledge is so much harder to attain than it is to just make blanket racist statements from a position of ignorance, so its not like they have a clue what you're talking about.  Good thing they've learned to Google......



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:14 pm
 

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

kaline, you couldn't be more stupid if you had a lobotomy.  You make the classic racist's mistake of assuming "all" or "the majority" of a race partake in something you don't like.  That's as stupid as saying the majority of white people like that hillbilly country bumpkin crap. 

I wish you could actually bet you life.  Without you around, the world IQ goes up.   


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Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:12 pm
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Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:04 pm
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Since: Jan 27, 2012
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Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:47 pm
 

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

Hehe, the list can go on and on...



Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:45 pm
 

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

as if the idiotic press had nothing to do with uh being on this list.


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