Troy Polamalu, according to a recent survey, is one helluva guy.
Tim Tebow, however, is not included on either list.
You can view a full breakdown of the two lists at the Forbes slideshow, which include the following:
- "Most Liked" Players: No. 1 - Troy Polamalu, No. 2 - Drew Brees, No. 3 - Charles Woodson, No. 4 Peyton Manning, No. 5 - Aaron Rodgers, No. 6 - Rob Gronkowski, No. 7 - Robert Griffin III, No. 8 Brian Urlacher, No. 9 - Donald Driver, No. 10 - Matthew Stafford.
- "Least Liked" Players: No. 1 - Ndamukong Suh, No. 2 - Jay Cutler, No. 3 - Michael Vick, No. 4 Randy Moss, No. 5 - Matt Leinart, No. 6 - Tony Romo, No. 7 - Kyle Orton, No. 8 Santonio Holmes, No. 9 - Mark Sanchez, No. 10 - Brady Quinn.
For those curious about the criteria, the reports issues the survey, "aimed at finding out which NFL players resonated with fans as appealing and which didn’t. Players’ appeal numbers were scored based on the percentage of those whose response was to “like” the player or “like him a lot.”
We make note of Tebow's absence simply because he was considered the "most popular" athlete by ESPN earlier this year.
This survey provides things have most definitely changed regarding the Jets' backup QB.
The poll by the Worldwide Leader, conducted in January, concluded Tebow was the most popular athlete of any sport, beating out the likes of Michael Jordan and LeBron James.
A lot has changed since then. Tebow is with a new team (the New York Jets) and has not as of yet had the impact he had in Denver.
In fact, Tebow has passed just three times for all of 32 yards this season. And while we are on the subject of polls, Sports Illustrated released their "overrated" NFL players poll recently.
Tebow won by a large margin.
Still, it's important to note the SI poll surveyed 180 NFL players, while the Nielsen one reported by Forbes utilized fans' opinions.
All of this is to say the NFL employs some rather volatile personalities that can resonate with fans in the most positive manner one year, and be seen in a completely different light the next.
Take heed, affable athletes, because your bright persona is fleeting with fans.
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