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Wed Oct 24, 2012, 08:10 AM

NFL's most, and least liked players....

and lookie here, the Green Bay Packers, as a team and some Packer players make the top 10....

Everyone loves the NFL. The individual players? That’s a different story. As with any sports league, fans choose their heroes and villains.

The biggest takeaway from our annual look at player popularity in the NFL: fans like quarterbacks, low-key pass catchers and Green Bay Packers. Who they don’t like: quarterbacks, cocky pass catchers and Dallas Cowboys.

Nielsen recently collaborated on a survey with E-Poll Market Research 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.”

First, a quick look at the top of each list. The most-liked player in the NFL is Troy Polumalu, the crazy-haired, high-energy defensive back from the Pittsburgh Steelers, whose appeal rating registers at 63%. Not much surprise there — talent, all-out effort and a roster spot on a nationally popular team go a long way with fans. The league’s least-liked player: Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, the second overall pick in 2010 whose early popularity slipped into reverse as he developed a reputation for dirty play. Suh, whose appeal registers at just 19%, was suspended by the league last season for stomping on a Green Bay Packers lineman in front of a national TV audience on Thanksgiving Day.

As for pass catchers: fans take a liking to workmanlike receivers Rob Gronkowski (58%) and Donald Driver (57%), but not to perceived divas Randy Moss (24%) and Santonio Homes (28%).

http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomvanriper/2012/10/23/the-nfls-most-and-least-liked-players/ GO PACK GO

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a kennedy Oct 2012 OP
Scuba Oct 2012 #1
JonLP24 Oct 2012 #2
joeybee12 Oct 2012 #3
jmowreader Oct 2012 #4
Angleae Oct 2012 #5
jmowreader Oct 2012 #7
Angleae Oct 2012 #9
Jack Rabbit Oct 2012 #13
Angleae Oct 2012 #14
TZ Oct 2012 #6
mjrr_595 Oct 2012 #11
joeybee12 Oct 2012 #8
JonLP24 Oct 2012 #10
TBF Oct 2012 #12

Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 08:27 AM

1. +1 for the team owned by the fans.

That would be 13 NFL Championships, most of any franchise.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 01:38 PM

2. Interesting

because Rodgers is a cocky pass-thrower. I don't mind the attitude myself, it seems you need a certain level of arrogance to succeed at the highest level. This seems especially true in boxing.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 02:31 PM

3. I agree with the pass catchers...also, Gronk is very likable...

Seems like he's having fun.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 05:03 AM

4. You.need to be on a good team to make this list

People like Marshawn Lynch a LOT but he plays for Seattle so who cares.

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #4)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 05:48 AM

5. The 8 teams the 10 most like players have a combined record of 26-25.

3 of 8 are above .500, 3 of 8 below .500.

You have a funny definition of "good"

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Response to Angleae (Reply #5)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 04:57 PM

7. History, my fair DUer

Over the last five or so years, the Seahawks have sucked so bad you can measure it on a vacuum gauge in Burien. No other team in the NFL is consistently that shitty.

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #7)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 05:43 PM

9. You sure about that?

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Buffalo, Carolina, St. Louis (0 winning seasons since 2006)
Miami, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Washington, Detroit (1 winning season since 2006)
Kansas City & Seattle have 2 winning seasons since 2006

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Response to Angleae (Reply #9)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 01:42 AM

13. True, but the Seahawks didn't need a winning season to go to the playoffs a couple of years ago

Winning is so overrated. See, you can be a good team with 7-9 record.

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Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #13)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 05:08 AM

14. How very true.

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #4)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 07:18 AM

6. RG3 is on the list

Outside of him, I really wouldn't call the Skins a "good team". LOL

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Response to TZ (Reply #6)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 06:14 PM

11. So true.

 

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #4)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 05:03 PM

8. Well, that doesn't explain Matt Stafford...Detroit stinks this year...

and he's never been elite, but he's up there for QBs

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Response to joeybee12 (Reply #8)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 05:44 PM

10. He's only elite when throwing to Calvin Johnson

Below is a link to a graph of quarterbacks and their overall yards per pass attempt numbers (on the bottom) and their YPA numbers when they didn't target their #1 receiver in 2011(to the side). Stafford was over 7.5 overall but just over 6.5 when targeting someone other than Calvin Johnson.

http://public.tableausoftware.com/shared/9R4WX95TH?:display_count=yes

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 10:45 PM

12. Love that Woodson made the list! He's also a big Obama supporter :) nt

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