Top 10 Most Disliked Players In The NFL


There is no shortage of professional athletes that run awry of the law. Most notably in recent history, O.J. Simpson which makes him probably the most hated athlete in NFL history.

Although none of these players even come close to what Simpson did, they’re still not well liked among the general public.

Being a felon is not necessarily the only thing to make the general public dislike you, it doesn’t help.

According to a poll published by Forbes, these are the top 10 most disliked active players in the NFL.

The poll was conducted by Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research.

It was a survey of the general public, not of the players and coaches.

The final ranking was determined by how many respondents indicated a player was someone they “dislike,” “dislike somewhat,” or “dislike a lot” by how they played and how they conducted themselves off the field as well.

10. Jeremy Shockey 29% dislike

9. Tony Romo 29% dislike

8. Carson Palmer 31% dislike

7. Vince Young 32% dislike

6. Chad Ochocinco 35% dislike

5. Jay Cutler 38% dislike

4. Albert Haynesworth 46% dislike

3. Ben Rothlisberger 49% dislike

2. Plaxico Burress 56% dislike

1. Michael Vick 60% dislike

I understand why Vick, Haynesworth, and Burress are on the list, Vick and Burress having spent time in prison and Haynesworth just being defiant and lazy, I am a bit surprised by Tony Romo and Ben Rothlisberger.

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  • BoogaP

    Not surprised by either Romo or Big Ben at all.
    Romo because he supposedly plays for “America’s team.”
    Ben for obvious reasons…..

  • ShawnMakeEmSay

    I know for a fact people hate James Harrison

    • BoogaP

       I’d hate fools knocking my damn head off too! lol.

    • RMainwaring

       @ShawnMakeEmSay No kidding. I never liked Harrison.

  • BoogaP

    Wonder if Jonathan Vilma will be on the next list.

  • Gpettooh

    Suh not on the list? I know hes a rook, but thos guy generate some heat.

    • RMainwaring

       @Gpettooh He’s on my list. Dirty player.

  • Gpettooh

    Suh not on the list? I know hes a rook, but thos guy generate some heat.

  • Chargertom

    What no Ryan Leaf?

    • RMainwaring

       @Chargertom The list only included active players.

  • CallyUlrich

    yes Big Ben belongs on this list

  • jshambrick04

    @r_mainwaring some of those haters opinions would change if they went to the haters team! U got some good football players on that list! Lol

    • r_mainwaring

      @jshambrick04 Thanks for the comment. I might do a list of my own. I can think of some other players I would put on it.

  • CindiSpears

    Why do people dislike Ochocinco? 

    • epadaon

      @CindiSpears people must hate Ochocinco for the same reason I enjoy watching him… :)

      • CindiSpears

         @epadaon  @CindiSpears He is a major talent.  Also, I think he is a nice guy.  A bit eccentric, but a nice guy. 

  • RussellGrant

    Burress shot himself.  You can’t hate people for being idiots that hurt themselves.  If you did, you’d hate every guy who has swung a hammer.

    • RMainwaring

       @RussellGrant Nobody said “hate” just disliked.


    I hate the whole Raiders team LOL =X

    • RMainwaring

       @JENFABULOUS LOL. If you didn’t you wouldn’t be a Charger fan!