(MCT) — Ndamukong Suh and Jay Cutler agree that Suh’s violent sack of the Chicago Bears quarterback Monday was not a dirty play.
Here’s something else the two have in common: They’re among the least liked players in the NFL, according to a recent survey done for Forbes magazine.
In a poll of fans conducted by Neilsen and E-Poll Market Research, Suh, the Detroit Lions’ star defensive tackle, ranked as the league’s most disliked player with only 19 percent appeal. Cutler was No. 2, at 21 percent, just ahead of Michael Vick (23 percent) and Randy Moss (24 percent).
Suh has seen his popularity tumble since a dominant rookie season in which he had 10 sacks. He was suspended two games for stomping on Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith last November and has been involved in three minor traffic incidents and two lawsuits since.
On Monday, Suh sacked Cutler violently just before halftime, injuring his ribs and knocking him temporarily out of the game. The NFL said the play was legal and Suh and Cutler agreed it was clean, though Bears receiver Brandon Marshall lashed out at Suh on Twitter and ESPN.
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (63 percent), New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (62 percent) and Green Bay Packers defensive back Charles Woodson (62 percent) rank as the most popular players in the NFL, according to the Forbes survey.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford ranked just outside of the top five, with a 56 percent appeal rate.
According to Forbes, players’ appeal numbers were scored based on the percentage of those who responded that they “like” the player or “like him a lot.”