Pair of Jets land on Forbes' popularity list

Fans vote Sanchez, Holmes among league's least-liked players
10/25/2012 1:25 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
Forbes, in conjunction with Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research, released the results of its annual NFL “player popularity” survey this week, and a pair of New York Jets made the grade – but not in a good way.

The survey, which is conducted to “find out which NFL players resonated with fans as appealing, and which didn't,” saw Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and wide receiver Santonio Holmes land among the fans’ “Not Top 10,” as Holmes (28 percent appeal) ranked eighth on the list of least-liked players while Sanchez (31 percent appeal) tied with Kansas City’s Brady Quinn for tenth.

Somewhat shockingly, no Jets or Giants made the Top 10 on the popular side, despite quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Eli Manning having the third and fifth-best selling jerseys in the NFL in September respectively.

The leader of the love-fest was Pittsburgh Steelers safety and Head and Shoulders shampoo pitchman Troy Polamalu, who earned a hair-raising 63 percent approval rating from those surveyed. New Orleans’ Drew Brees and Green Bay’s Charles Woodson tied for second at 62 percent, and the remainder of the Top 10 included a quartet of quarterbacks – led by Eli’s older brother Peyton in fourth at 59 percent – as well as Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, Packers receiver Donald Driver, and Bears All-World linebacker Brian Urlacher.

On the flip side, Detroit’s Ndamukong Suh was the NFL’s most hated player, gaining just a 19 percent appeal rating, with Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in second with a 21 percent margin. Also on the most hated list were a couple of players that Giants fans would likely approve of, Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick (third, 23 percent) and Dallas signal-caller Tony Romo (tied for sixth, 27 percent), as well as former Jets nemesis and current 49ers receiver Randy Moss (fourth, 24 percent).

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