WHO ARE THE NFL'S MOST POPULAR PLAYERS?
By TOM WEIR
Two interesting polls about the popularity of NFL players -- or lack thereof -- have surfaced this week.
Let's look at "most popular" first. You'd think it would be a quarterback, but then again a guy like Tom Brady loses votes in the New York market every time he humbles the Jets. Likewise, Aaron Rodgers is probably a hard sell in Chicago.
Quarterbacks did score high in a poll of the general public arranged by Forbes magazine, but it turns out the most popular player is the guy who does the shampoo commercials -- Pittsburgh's Troy Polamalu.
He scored a 63% popularity rating, which is rather outstanding for a defensive back who has wreaked havoc on so many teams.
Next up: Drew Brees, 62%; Peyton Manning, 59%; Aaron Rodgers and Rob Gronkowski, 58%, Robert Griffin III and Donald Driver, 57%, and Matthew Stafford, 56%.
No Tim Tebow? Anyone surprised about that?
But the name of the Jets quarterback does arise in another poll.
SI.com also has a poll out this week, on who's the NFL's most overrated player. That poll solicited answers from only NFL players, and Tebow was the overwhelming top choice:
Tim Tebow, 34%
Mark Sanchez, 8%
Tony Romo, 8%
Michael Vick, 4%
Ray Lewis, 3%
Do you agree or disagree with these polls? Who's getting left out, and who should be included? Gve us an opinion in the comments section.