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It's been four years since Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick was released from federal prison after serving 19-months on a dogfighting conviction.
Despite having paid his debt to society, rehabilitating his image through public speaking engagements, joining federal lawmakers and the Humane Society of the United States calling on Congress to pass H.R. 2492, the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act and winning the Ed Block Courage Award, some people still hold his past against him.
So it's no surprise that Vick tops Forbes 2013 list of the Most-Disliked NFL Players.
The list is based on an E-Poll survey of 1,100 people age 13 and up. We counted only currently active NFL players whose awareness registered a minimum of 10% with the public.
The rest of the top 10 is listed below.
2. Manti Te'o
San Diego Chargers
Pct. Dislike: 48%
Not enough playing time as a rookie yet to erase memories of the bizarre fake girlfriend episode at Notre Dame last year.
3. Ndamukong Suh
Pct. Dislike: 43%
Fans love tough players, but not dirty players. It's a line Suh often flirts with.
Pct: Dislike: 40%
Past investigations into sexual assault accusations never yielded any charges, but still hover over his image.
5. Mark Sanchez
New York Jets
Pct. Dislike: 40%
Has never seemed unlikeable, just began taking heat for his own and the Jets regression last year. With rookie QB Geno Smith now showing promise, Sanchez, out with an injured shoulder, is even easier to dump on.
6. Jay Cutler
Pct. Dislike: 33%
A perpetual sourpuss. Is Cutler ever happy?
7. Tony Romo
Pct. Dislike: 32%
Underrated and underappreciated. That's life as quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys when you don't get to the Super Bowl, regardless of your eilte play.
8. Tom Brady
New England Patriots
Pct. Dislike: 25%
Pretty boy, model wife, perfect life. Women love him, but guys can't picture him coming over to watch the game over a few beers, like they can with Peyton Manning or Aaron Rodgers.
9. Carson Palmer
Pct. Dislike: 24%
Former Heisman winner from USC has seen his career sink after early promise. His departure from Cincinnati in 2011 - disgruntled player forcing a trade - didn't help Palmer's image.
10. Reggie Bush
Pct. Dislike: 22%
Bush's uneven pro career (three teams in eight seasons) hasn’t been enough to undo his lasting image as the USC guy who had to return his Heisman Trophy amid scandal.