NFL: The Top 5 Quarterbacks We Love to Hate

Giancarlo Ferrari-KingFeatured ColumnistFebruary 14, 2013

NFL: The Top 5 Quarterbacks We Love to Hate

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    Sports fans are a distinctive breed, passionate and opinionated and full of hell.

    Hater's may laugh at us, point fingers and say "It's just a game!”, but we know better.

    We know the players and teams we love and we know with certainty the players and teams we hate.

    When it comes to the National Football League, there is no more controversial position than that of quarterback.

    They are the anchor, the franchise and anointed leader of their team. That's why, on Sundays, these guys have their feet held to the fire every time they step onto the field.

    In the world we live in today, it's easy for everyone to share his or her opinion. Sentences soaked in love and hate flow across the web like the Mississippi River on a cool summer day.

    That's why, with the help of the mainstream media and fans, I present to you the top five quarterbacks we love to hate.

Jay Cutler

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    Chicago Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler has never been a fan favorite in the NFL. Considered to be a whiny, standoffish, arrogant player, Cutler's popularity has taken some major hits over the course of his career.

    A gifted quarterback with a rocket launcher for an arm, Jay Cutler is hated for a whole host of reasons.

    To most fans, Cutler seems disinterested and distracted at times. Don't believe me? Just go back to the legendary story about when Cutler sat down with then-Broncos' head coach Mike Shannahan and former Broncos' legend John Elway.

    The story goes a little something like this:

    Elway was trying to get inside the mind of Cutler and help the young QB out during a meeting. Instead of listening to Elway or even his head coach, Cutler watched the TV behind both men in the restaurant and kept to himself the entire night. Needless to say, Elway left unimpressed.

    More recently, after Cutler pulled himself out the second half of the 2011 NFC Championship game due to injury, Bears' fans were livid. Forget the fact he was hurt; they wanted their franchise quarterback back on the field.

    The images of Cutler riding the team's stationary bike while their team suffered will haunt Bears' fans for years.

    Named by Forbes magazine as one of the 10 Most Disliked Athletes in America, Cutler was even scrutinized in his relationship when he proposed to girlfriend Kristin Cavallari via text message earlier this year.

    All in all, it's been a tough road for Jay Cutler during his NFL tenure.

Michael Vick

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    When Michael Vick's career comes to an end, he will no doubt be remembered as one of the most polarizing figures in NFL history.

    During his time with the Atlanta Falcons, Vick was one of the most popular athletes on the planet.

    He was fast, fearless and entertaining as hell. Vick changed the culture of this league and the Falcons' franchise forever, becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season in 2006.

    But, in April 2007, everything changed for the superstar QB.

    Vick was implicated in an illegal dog-fighting ring that had been operating for about five years. In August 2007, the Falcons' QB plead guilty to felony charges and served 21 months in prison.

    Fast-forward to present day following Vick's re-signing and the Philadelphia Eagles' QB still is hated by a ton of sports fans.

    Guess it goes to show you America loves their pets.

Tony Romo

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    You almost have to feel bad for Tony Romo at this point.

    No matter how hard he tries or how well he performs during the course of a season, something always goes wrong for the Dallas Cowboys' lead man.

    While there's no questioning Romo's ability on the field, it's his poor decision making in crucial moments and lack of winning that drives fans mad.

    Although the Cowboys' front office reportedly wants to give the 32-year old signal caller a long-term extension, most fans will never truly accept Romo as a player, partly due to his inability to win in the postseason.

    For those reasons alone, Tony Romo has earned himself a spot on this list.

Mark Sanchez

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    The New York media is brutal. Just ask New York Jets' quarterback Mark Sanchez.

    For a guy who was once labeled "The Sanchize", things have sure gone wrong over the last couple of seasons for the former USC stand out.

    With most Jets' fans now realizing Sanchez is nothing more than a serviceable back up in this league, the hate meter has exploded to levels we haven't seen since JaMarcus Russell ate himself out of the league.

    The bottom line is the fact that Sanchez iplays in a town that thrives on (and is used to) winning. And, after we all got to witness the iconic "butt fumble" on a cold Thanksgiving night, you knew it was the end was near for the young QB.

Tim Tebow

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    Is there anyone who gets talked about more in sports than Tim Tebow? The entire nation at this point knows the Tebow story.

    Let's face it, you either love Tim Tebow or you hate him. Most diehard NFL fans believe that Tebow will never be a starting quarterback in the NFL.

    He doesn't have the mechanics, footwork or arm to get the job done.

    While some people will point to the rise of the read-option as Tebow's key back into a starting job, most fans aren't buying it.

    Whether it's his attitude, skill set, religious views or background, fans simply love to hate Tim Tebow.

    The most polarizing player in the National Football League tops the list for The Top Five Quarterbacks We Love to Hate.