Steelers Troy Polamalu tops Forbes' most-liked player rankings, Lions' Ndamukong Suh least liked

Fans really like Polamalu but aren't crazy about Suh. (US Presswire) has released the results of its annual NFL player popularity survey. The goal, as the name implies, is to find out "which NFL players resonated with fans as appealing, and which didn’t."

For the most part it's about what you'd expect but there are a few surprises. For starters, no Tim Tebow. And somehow, despite the pouty press conferences in recent weeks, Cam Newton isn't among the 10 least-liked players. (Hey, that's the best news the Panthers have had in a month.)

All right, let's get to this...

NFL's most-liked players

1. Troy Polamalu (63 percent appeal rating)
T-2. Drew Brees (62 percent)
T-2. Charles Woodson (62 percent)
4. Peyton Manning (59 percent)
T-5. Aaron Rodgers (58 percent)
T-5. Rob Gronkowski (58 percent)
T-7. Donald Driver (57 percent)
T-7. Robert Griffin III (57 percent)
T-7. Brian Urlacher (57 percent)
10. Matthew Stafford (56 percent)

NFL's least-liked players

1. Ndamukong Suh (19 percent appeal rating)
2. Jay Cutler (21 percent)
3. Michael Vick (23 percent)
4. Randy Moss (24 percent)
5. Matt Leinart (26 percent)
T-6. Kyle Orton (27 percent)
T-6. Tony Romo (27 percent)
8. Santonio Holmes (28 percent)
T-10. Mark Sanchez (31 percent)
T-10. Brady Quinn (31 percent)

Of the 10 most-liked players, seven were among the NFL's top-25 selling jerseys for September 2012 (sorted by rank):

1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
2. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
4. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
10. Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers
12. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
13. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
19. Brian Urlacher, Chicago Bears 

Among the 10 least-liked players, two were among the NFL's top-25 selling jerseys for last month:

14. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
22. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles

And because you're curious:

3. Tim Tebow, New York Jets
5. Eli Manning, New York Giants
6. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
7. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
11. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

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CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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