Vick voted most disliked; what else is new?

Posted: February 09, 2012

HERE WE go again.

According to a survey, Michael Vick has been deemed America's most disliked athlete by Forbes.

It must be true because Forbes commissioned Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research to do the polling - the same pair that found Vick to be the most disliked player in the NFL in November.

In the more recent survey, Vick finished tied for first with Tiger Woods. Sixty percent of those surveyed described Vick and Woods as an athlete they "dislike," "dislike somewhat" or "dislike a lot."

So why was Vick given the top spot? Because he had fewer "dislike a lot" responses than Woods.

Third on the list was the Jets' Plaxico Burress, who recently finished a nearly 2-year jail term on a gun possession charge.

Rounding out the top 10 are the Lions' Ndamukong Suh, the Nets' Kris Humphries, the Heat's LeBron James, the Lakers' Kobe Bryant, former NFL star Terrell Owens, the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez and NASCAR's Kurt Busch.

See anyone missing?

That's right, not a hockey player in the bunch. As the Forbes article notes: "Candidates are limited to those scoring at least 10 percent awareness with the public (hence, no hockey players)."

Guess no one has ever heard of Sean Avery.

Guess no one has ever heard of Ben Roethlisberger either.

In November, the Steelers quarterback finished third in Forbes' most disliked NFL players survey (just two spots behind Vick). And that was 9 months after the Steelers went to Super Bowl XLV.

Just last month, Roethlisberger settled a lawsuit filed by a woman who claimed he forced her to have sex with him in 2008.

But he's not on the list. And Vick is.

Maybe it just takes time.

More time than the 18 months Vick spent in federal prison for his deplorable role in a dogfighting ring. More time than he now gives talking about animal rights. More time than he spends visiting children in hospitals, giving autographs and the like.

As for polls like this one?

Something tells us Vick feels the same way we do.

They're a waste of time.

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