By Marc Weinreich
October 24, 2012

Troy Polamalu is the most liked player in the NFL, according to a Nielsen poll. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is officially the most popular player in the NFL, according to a report from Marc Sessler of NFL.com.

Citing a study conducted by Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research, the report said that Polamalu, known as much for his hair and anti-dandruff commercials as he is for being a seven time Pro-Bowl and two-time Super Bowl champion, scored a 63 percent appeal rating. Appeal numbers are based on "on the percentage of those whose response was to 'like' the player or 'like him a lot.'"

The list, in descending order, of other popular players in the league, is: Drew Brees, Charles Woodson, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Rob Gronkowski, Rob Griffin III, Brian Urlacher and Donald Driver.

On the other end of the like-abilty spectrum is Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who scored an appeal rating of 19 percent. Suh, who has experienced a number of on-the-field and off-the-field incidents ranging from a league suspension to more serious clashes with law enforcement, is in his third NFL season.

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