Troy Polamalu most popular NFL player, Ndamukong Suh least liked according to Nielsen poll

Thursday October 25th, 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

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. Quarterbacks who ranked towards the bottom near Suh include Jay Cutler, Michael Vick, Matt Leinart, Tony Romo and Mark Sanchez.

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