Animal lovers can’t get past Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick’s former dogfighting scandal.
Unfortunately it put him at the top of Forbes.com’s most hated NFL players list. It’s a fair assessment; the guy did kill up a bunch of pitbulls in his backyard. But Vick has been on his best behavior lately.
More than four years after his 19-month stint in federal prison for his role in a dogfighting ring, Vick has stayed on the right side of the law, regaining his NFL career and many lucrative endorsement deals in the process.
Hell, he’s even a dog owner again (oh, the irony).
But none of that prevented the now-injured pass thrower from being selected numero uno by unforgiving football fans, based on the latest surveys from E-Poll Market Research.
The scientific surveys polled 1,100 people ages 13 and older, and 53% of them indicated dislike for Vick. According to Forbes, it’s more the casual fan, rather than the hardcore football junkies, who are having a hard time separating Vick from his controversial past.
Oh, did we mention he’s black? Apparently it’s okay for white men to race horses, dogs and shoot innocent forest animals in cold blood. Where’s the poll on that? Just a thought.
Meanwhile, the same problem may be plaguing Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (tied for fourth at 40%) and Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (10th at 22%), both of whom have experienced off-field troubles in the past but nothing recently.
San Diego Chargers rookie Manti Te’o took second with 48% disapproval, with folks probably still suffering overload from his fake girlfriend ordeal at Notre Dame. Detroit Lioons defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who has a reputation as a dirty player, is No. 3 with 43% disapproval.