Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, limited to one full game this season by a calf injury, is the NFL's most-liked player, according to a Nielsen survey recently conducted in collaboration with E-Poll Market Research.
Polamalu is the only Steelers player among the 10 most-liked players. No Steelers player is among the 10 least-liked.
Polamalu's take-no-play-off style and his wildly flowing hair -- plus his much-seen Head and Shoulders commercials -- contribute to his popularity, as does the fact he plays on a nationally watched team.
Polamalu's appeal rating of 63 percent put him ahead of Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Packers defensive back Charles Woodson (both 62 percent), Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (59 percent), Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (both 58 percent), Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III , Packers wide receiver Donald Driver and Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher (all 57 percent) and Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (56 percent).
It's obvious from the polling that fans don't like players who are perceived to be divas or underachievers -- especially quarterbacks.
The least-liked players are Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh (19 percent appeal rating), Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (21 percent), Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (23 percent), 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss (24 percent), Raiders backup quarterback Matt Leinart (26 percent), Cowboys backup quarterback Kyle Orton and Cowboys starting quarterback Tony Romo (both 27 percent), Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes (28 percent) and Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn (both 31 percent).
Polamalu's jersey was the 10th best seller among NFL players in September. Peyton Manning's jersey was the best-selling.