By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on July 29, 2014
For the most part, fans love to cheer and root for their favorite NFL players. In fact, it takes a lot for fans to turn on player, which is usually due to poor performance or off-the-field issues. The one thing the 15 players on this list have in common is they are the most hateable players in the league this year.
Tony Romo doesn’t deserve all of the hate that flows his way, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to end anytime soon. Playing quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys is one of the most difficult things to do in the NFL. The reason is because the position has seen so much success over the years. Romo has seen some success, but overall, his inability to win the big game (playoffs) has infuriated Cowboy fans.
Fans still haven’t forgiven Carson Palmer for the stunt he pulled towards the end of his time with the Cincinnati Bengals. The way he alienated the locker room and made everything about him never sat well with the people of Cincinnati. His time with the Oakland Raiders wasn’t fond either. The Raiders went a measly 4-11 during the 14 games Palmer was actually able to start and finish.
John Abraham has been known to be obnoxious. On top of that, he doesn’t back up the talk in the big games when it matters most. Sure, he puts up tremendous stats, but he always seems to fall flat in the playoffs. Recently, Abraham was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. Although a DUI isn’t uncommon for NFL players, it shows Abraham’s lack of respect for an Arizona Cardinals organization that took a chance on him.
Eli Manning has two Super Bowl wins and two Super Bowl MVP awards. So, why is it there is still hate for the New York Giants signal caller? According to the 3rd Annual NFL Poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, the younger Manning accounted for seven percent of the total vote when polled about the least favorite quarterback among fans. That ranked third among active QBs. It probably has something to do with him being very inconsistent.
Robert Griffin III has developed a love/hate relationship with fans in his short time in the NFL. The quarterback is widely seen as the player who can take the Washington Redskins to the next level. At the same time, Kirk Cousins has flashed promising moments under center. The fact that Griffin is currently very rusty to begin training camp doesn’t help either. On top of that, he’s the leader of a team that continues to struggle.
Cam Newton wasn’t well received by fans in college. Once he went pro, he needed to show a certain level of maturity to show that he belonged. That didn’t happen right away, as evidence of him sulking on the sidelines and putting a towel over his head. Newton has all the talent in the world, but the immaturity quickly wears thins on football fans. It really comes down to his inconsistent attitude.
It might be shocking for some of you to see Tom Brady on this list, but the reality is the superstar quarterback isn’t well liked aside from New England Patriots fans. Some say it’s because he’s overly passionate about the game, which looks like he has certain arrogance about him. According to the poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, 18 percent of the vote said that Brady was their least favorite quarterback.
Everyone in Seattle loves him, but everyone elsewhere hates him. Richard Sherman is a big-time talker. More importantly, he’s able to back it up with his stellar play on the field. Unfortunately, his play can’t save him from everything that flows out of his mouth. His postgame rant when the Seattle Seahawks defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC title game turned off a lot of football fans.
Like Newton, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has an issue with attitude and immaturity. He’s notorious for leaving his teammates in the dust when the Cowboys are losing. In fact, he was seen leaving the field early after the Green Bay Packers had a miraculous comeback last season. Bryant can be seen sulking on the bench and acting out at the wrong times. There’s no question he’s one of the most hated players in the NFL.
Jay Cutler has the appearance of someone who just doesn’t care. He acts as if he’s better than everyone else is. Cutler didn’t do anyone any favors when he left the NFC Championship against the Packers in 2010 with a knee injury. It was later revealed that he suffered a sprained MCL. Regardless, fans wanted to see him tough it out in one of the biggest games against the team’s biggest rival. His inconsistent play doesn’t help his image either.
Ben Roethlisberger is a champion on the field and a dirtball off it. The womanizer has been involved in three confirmed sexual assault allegations. Clearly, that doesn’t sit well with fans, especially the growing female population in the NFL. Roethlisberger is a family man now, but there’s no denying that he’s still disliked for the horrible things he has done to women.
Ndamukong Suh has been one of the dirtiest players in the NFL since he arrived in the league. Whether it’s stomping on players, kneeing/kicking players in the groin, or obviously lying about doing any of his dirty tactics when confronted by the media, Suh has done plenty to be one of the most hated players in the NFL.
Johnny Manziel hasn’t won anyone over with his wild off-the-field antics since he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns. The fact that he has gone on eight trips in the 11 weeks since he was drafted is bad enough. However, it is his constant reminder that he believes he’s above the law. He thinks he can do anything he wants and he’ll get away with it. If Manziel doesn’t change his attitude soon, the NFL is going to chew him up and spit him out.
Believe it or not, Michael Vick is still one of the most hated players in the NFL due to his involvement in the killing of innocent dogs. The fact that he allowed the dog-fighting ring to proceed is what landed him in prison. Even though society and the NFL has given him a second chance, a majority of fans still feel disgusted by his presence for what he did to the innocent animals.
Ray Rice is crowned the new winner of the most hated player in the NFL in 2014. Rice was arrested after security camera footage showed him dragging his unconscious fiancée out of an Atlantic City hotel elevator. The aggravated assault has sparked a debate, which got even more heated when the NFL only suspended him two games. Rice better get used to the sound of boo birds because he has plenty coming his way this year.
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