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Who Is the Most Hated Player on Every NFL Team?

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIJuly 19, 2012

Who Is the Most Hated Player on Every NFL Team?

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    When you're in the National Football League, chances are you'll have your fair share of haters—it just comes with being in the spotlight. 

    There's nothing wrong with having haters, as some of the time, it's because you're just so dominant that everyone aside from your own team's fanbase hates you. But on the other hand, you could do some pretty stupid things that result in a ton of haters—with many of them being a part of your own team's fanbase.

    In that spirit, let's take a look at the most hated player on every NFL team. 

Baltimore Ravens: Billy Cundiff

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    For the time being, Billy Cundiff is still the starting kicker for the Baltimore Ravens.

    However, he's a very unpopular man in the city of Baltimore.

    Cundiff's biggest mistake came in this year's AFC championship game, as he had a chance to send the game into overtime, but completely botched a 32-yard field goal which ultimately sent the Ravens packing and the Patriots to Super Bowl XVLI.

Cincinnati Bengals: Taylor Mays

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    To be honest with you, the Cincinnati Bengals don't have too many players who are hated by the entire league or by their own fanbase. I mean, if it was a year ago, Carson Palmer would have definitely been this guy—but he's no longer a Bengal.

    With that being said, I have to hand it to safety Taylor Mays—who has been a complete bust. 

    Mays had monster collegiate career while at USC but has yet to translate that success to the NFL level. 

    Mays struggled with the San Francisco 49ers during his rookie season in 2010 and failed to make any impact this past season with the Bengals. 

Cleveland Browns: Colt McCoy

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    Much like the Cincinnati Bengals—who is there to hate on the Cleveland Browns?

    There's no one whom the Browns fans or the NFL really hates on the current roster.

    With that being said, I'm going to have to make a case for quarterback Colt McCoy.

    Granted, McCoy is probably one of the best teammates whom anyone could have and is such a fierce competitor, but he's been so inconsistent for the Browns over the past two seasons.

    At times, McCoy has shined, and then, there have been times when he's completely stunk the place up—which directly correlates to his pitiful 6-15 record as a starter. 

Pittsburgh Steelers: James Harrison

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    This could be a toss up between James Harrison or Ben Roethlisberger—but I'm going to have to go with Harrison, because I personally dislike him more.

    There's nothing that anyone could like about Harrison.

    As for as I'm concerned, I think he's a complete idiot that doesn't understand how to play the game of football. Granted, he's incredibly strong, athletic and talented—but he has no technique. In all honesty, I think he's a very poor tackler—which is a direct correlation to why he gets fined so much due to his helmet-to-helmet hits.

    Whatever happened to breaking down, putting your facemask into the opponent's chest and then wrapping up and bringing him to the ground? It's like Harrison forgot everything he learned in Pop Warner.

    But the only thing I do like about Harrison is that he kind of resembles the character Deebo from the movie Friday

Chicago Bears: Jay Cutler

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    Not only is Jay Cutler disliked by many of the Chicago Bears fanbase, but he's also hated by the Denver Broncos fanbase as well as many fans of the NFL.

    What's there to like about Cutler? His smug attitude? His smug facial expressions? His whiny personality? There's nothing to like.

    And I'd like to point out that no one should hate Cutler for what happened in the NFC championship two years ago—the man had a sprained MCL! I'd like to see you play with a sprained MCL. 

Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh

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    Love him or hate him—that's how it is with Ndamukong Suh.

    Granted, Suh is an amazing talent and is one of the most dominant defensive lineman in the NFL today—but he obviously has some anger issues. 

    For an example, Suh became very unpopular after his Thanksgiving Day incident this past season when he clearly stomped Green Bay Packers offensive guard Evan Dietrich-Smith.

Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers

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    This might seem a little lame—but yet again, who is there to hate on the Green Bay Packers. Either way, many NFL fans dislike Aaron Rodgers.

    Why? Because he's just too good.

    As of right now, there's no one playing the quarterback position as well as Rodgers is—which makes him an easy target for jealous fans to shed their hatred on him. 

Minnesota Vikings: Percy Harvin

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    If you ask me, I don't think Percy Harvin is very popular with the Minnesota Vikings right now.

    Why? Because according to a tweet by Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press, he reportedly asked for a trade and has now recently said that he won't play for the Vikings in 2013 without a new contract, according to Tom Pelissero of 1500 ESPN.

    Harvin is ultimately saying that he doesn't care about being a Viking, he just wants to get paid—which most definitely upsets tons of Vikings fans. 

Houston Texans: Brian Cushing

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    What's there to hate about Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing?

    For starters, you could go on the record by saying he's a cheater—as he's a proven illegal drug user. 

    Cushing definitely gained a lot of haters back in 2010 when the defensive rookie of the year was suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. 

Indianapolis Colts: Adam Vinatieri

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    For starters, I would like to point out: Who on the Indianapolis Colts are worthy of being on this list? There really isn't anyone. 

    With that being said, the best suitor is kicker Adam Vinatieri.

    For starters, the New England Patriots fanbase likely feels that he betrayed them as he decided to sign with their rivals, the Colts, rather than taking a hometown discount and staying with the Patriots.

    Also, the St. Louis Rams, Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles fanbases are probably not too fond of him, as he was the difference maker in New England's Super Bowls against those three teams. 

Jacksonville Jaguars: Justin Blackmon

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    It's only been a few months since Justin Blackmon has been in the NFL, and I get the feel that he's already earned himself a ton of haters.

    Why? Because in early June, he was arrested for a DUI, as he reportedly blew a 0.26 on his second breathalyzer test—which is just awful—according to Vito Stellino of The Florida Times-Union.

    All I have to say is that Blackmon has really come off as a complete moron who needs to grow up. 

Tennessee Titans: Chris Johnson

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    After Chris Johnson's shenanigans last season as he held out during preseason for a massive six-year deal worth $55.26 million, he completely failed in 2011. 

    Not only were many Tennessee Titans fans upset with his decision to hold out, which likely played a key contributor in his poor play in 2011, but many fantasy football owners were probably very irate with his subpar 1,047 yards and just four touchdowns. 

Atlanta Falcons: Dunta Robinson

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    As far as I'm concerned, Dunta Robinson is a complete moron.

    Why? Because he's been fined twice for illegal helmet-to-helmet hits.

    Also, I'd like to add in that many Atlanta Falcons fans probably aren't huge fans of Robinson, as he's signed to a massive six-year deal that's worth $57 million but has yet to play up to those expectations—he's been a bust. 

Carolina Panthers: Steve Smith

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    I personally don't mind Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith, but he rubs a lot of people the wrong way. 

    Smith has been known to be a very chippy player, as he's extremely physical and talks a ton of trash—which definitely correlates to him having his fair share of haters. 

New Orleans Saints: Jonathan Vilma

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    Why do we hate Jonathan Vilma?

    There's just one reason, and it's a good one—his role in New Orleans' infamous Bountygate scandal.

    As of right now, it certainly appears that Vilma is the poster child for Bountygate, which is definitely going to make him a very unpopular man across the NFL. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Aqib Talib

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    If I were a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan, I wouldn't be very fond of Aqib Talib.

    Why? Because he's had his share of legal troubles that include being involved in a fistfight, battering a taxi driver, resisting arrest and being excused of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

    Are those reasons good enough to dislike him? I think so. 

Buffalo Bills: Shawne Merriman

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    I really don't like Shawne Merriman. In fact, I hate him.

    For starters, he's a proven cheater as he's tested positive for illegal performance-enhancing drugs, and I hate his cockiness—I hate his childish "lights-out" celebration dance. 

    Am I in the minority in this one? I think so. 

Miami Dolphins: Chad Ochocinco

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    I'm not too sure that Chad Ochocinco has a lot of haters, but there are definitely many people who are sick of his antics.

    In all honesty, I'm sick of his childish last name, I'm sick of his obsession with Twitter and I'm sick of hearing about his "news network" OCNN. 

    I also like to point out that I refuse to call him "Chad Ochocinco," as I'm no longer 10 years old. His name is Chad Johnson—not Chad Ochocinco. 

New England Patriots: Tom Brady

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    I know one thing: All of the New England Patriots fans love Tom Brady, and the majority of the NFL hates him.

    Why? Maybe because of jealousy?

    I mean, he is the winningest quarterback in NFL history, he's won three Super Bowls and has been named Super Bowl MVP twice and NFL MVP twice—but people still hate him.

    Apparently, Brady doesn't rub those fans the right way, as they feel that he complains to officials—which I happen to disagree with. 

New York Jets: Tim Tebow

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    I personally love Tim Tebow—but he definitely has as many haters as he does fans.

    People simply are sick of Tebow for many reasons.

    Many people hate Tebow because they feel he's a terrible quarterback and can't throw the ball. And then, there's many people who hate him because of his religion as they feel religion and sports should be separated. 

    Either way, Tebow has his share of haters. 

Dallas Cowboys: Dez Bryant

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    In all honesty, Dez Bryant just disgusts me—I cannot stand the man.

    All I have to say is that I have no respect for men who harm women, especially when it's their own mother. That's just sick and twisted. 

New York Giants: Eli Manning

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    I have no problem with Eli Manning. I think he's a great quarterback and is one of the best entering 2012—but there are some people who have no respect for him.

    Those people tend to feel that he's the luckiest quarterback alive, as they feel like he doesn't deserve those two Super Bowls that he's won.

    Either way, you cannot deny that Manning is a winner. 

Philadelphia Eagles: Michael Vick

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    Year after year, Michael Vick is one of the most disliked players in the NFL.

    It's just that people can't get over the fact that he hosted a dogfighting ring—which is completely disgusting, if you ask me.

    I can definitely see why many people hate Vick, and it's well-precedented. 

Washington Redskins: Chris Cooley

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    Taking a look at the Washington Redskins roster, I found it hard to find someone whom people really hate. However, I landed on Chris Cooley and stuck with it.

    Why do people tend to dislike Cooley?

    Well, because they feel that he's a trash-talker with a big mouth, after he "laughed" when Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo choked in a regular-season game this past season (from Lavar & Dukes).

Denver Broncos: Peyton Manning

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    It's quite simple why people hate Peyton Manning—it's because he's just too good. 

    Manning has won a Super Bowl, he's the only four-time NFL MVP, he's been named All-Pro eight times and is the fastest quarterback to reach 50,000 career passing yards.

    Yeah, Peyton Manning is pretty good—which is going to result in a ton of haters. 

Kansas City Chiefs: Matt Cassel

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    I personally believe that Matt Cassel is a solid NFL quarterback—but there's many Kansas City Chiefs fans who think otherwise.

    Perhaps, Cassel's stats haven't been that great, as he's posted an 18-21 record as a starter while with KC and has recorded an 80.0 quarterback rating while tossing 53 touchdowns compared to 32 interceptions.

    I suppose Cassel's biggest weakness is that he's just too inconsistent. 

Oakland Raiders: Carson Palmer

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    There's only one fanbase that really hates Carson Palmer, and that's the Cincinnati Bengals.

    Palmer alienated himself from that team prior to being traded to the Oakland Raiders in 2011. Palmer simply did not want to play for the Bengals anymore, and the fanbase simply had enough of him.

    I mean, wouldn't you hate a guy who had given up? I would. 

San Diego Chargers: Philip Rivers

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    A lot of people outside of the San Diego Chargers fanbase really don't like Philip Rivers.

    Many feel that he's cocky, he's a crybaby and he's a choker—and I happen to agree with all of those statements.

    Until Rivers takes the Chargers to a Super Bowl, I will have zero respect for him as an NFL quarterback. 

Arizona Cardinals: Kevin Kolb

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    After one season, wouldn't you be sick of Kevin Kolb? I know I would be if I was an Arizona Cardinals fan.

    Kolb really was a complete bust this past season for the Cards, as he failed to stay healthy and went 3-6 as the team's starter while tossing just nine touchdowns compared to eight interceptions.

    If Kolb doesn't turn it around in 2012, the haters are simply going to continue to grow. 

San Francisco 49ers: Randy Moss

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    Randy Moss is just another typical prima donna wide receiver that rubs people the wrong way.

    The Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans fans all grew to hate him—and I guarantee that there will be a day that the San Francisco 49ers fanbase will understand why so many people dislike Randy Moss. 

    As far as I'm concerned, he's "the turd in the punch bowl." 

Seattle Seahawks: Marshawn Lynch

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    After Marshawn Lynch's recent run in with the law, he's officially been charged with a DUI, according to Danny O'Neil of The Seattle Times. I'm sure that there are a ton of people who are starting to hate him. 

    Lynch was arrested this past weekend as he was cruising around Oakland drunk as he reportedly nearly hit two vehicles prior to being stopped, according to Cincinnati.com.

    It doesn't matter if you're an NFL player or not, anyone who takes the wheel while being intoxicated is an idiot. 

St. Louis Rams: Cortland Finnegan

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    There are tons of people who really dislike Cortland Finnegan.

    I mean, look at him—he looks like a slimy individual who belongs on Jersey Shore and is one of the NFL's biggest trash talkers.

    However, I will say that Finnegan does tend to back up the trash that he talks, as he's one of the NFL's top cornerbacks—but he's still not that popular among NFL fans. 

     

     

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