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Nearly a week and a half into the elongated Super Bowl discussion and one of the many pointless, yet entertaining, topics has risen. The Hollywood Reporter, conducted a poll consisting of Americans, asking which player do you dislike the most.
By no surprise, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was ranked in the top four. Following the 3-time Super Bowl winning quarterback were fellow signal callers Brett Favre and Michael Vick, who respectively came in at No. 1 and No. 2. The real surprise came at who the public viewed more likable than Brady.
We first remember Roethlisberger as a young man disobeying team rules and riding his motorcycle without his helmet. Roethlisberger was lucky to be alive and vowed to forever wear his helmet when riding. Shortly after, Sports Illustrated reported an incident where Big Ben was seen riding without his helmet following his accident.
Footage, which showed Roethlisberger giving them the finger as he sped away, but the video never aired. The station’s news director at the time, John Verrilli, and its current assistant news director, Anne Linaberger, deny that any such tape existed, but several people who saw the video gave SI similar accounts of the tape; sources believe the story was killed out of fear that it would damage KDKA’s relationship with the Steelers.
Earlier this season we got a glimpse of the grown-up Big Ben, when Roethlisberger was accused of raping of a college student. No further punishment was handed down by the allegations. Guilty or not, Roethlisberger’s reputation took a hit.
Still, American’s still hate Brady more than Roethlisberger.
What exactly is there to hate about one of the most productive quarterback’s of all-time? It might be Brady’s winning ways, his super model wife, his finger-pointing ways, or his hair. Whatever the answer might be, is it fair to put Brady with such a deviant group of athletes?
Aside from Roethlisberger, the other two players on the list, aren’t exactly angels themselves. If there’s one man that could cause so much stress and unnecessary heartache it is Favre. NFL fans alike have had to endear three straight summer’s of 100 percent Favre coverage on most major sports networks. Day in and day out a new development always seemed to appear. And year in and year out, Favre decided to play past his limits.
To the average American, dogs are considered part of the family. So, as you can imagine, when Michael Vick was convicted of dog-fighting — killing dogs — the national opinion was that Vick was a bad guy. Ultimately, Vick did his time and reclaimed himself as the prolific athlete like he was at Virginia Tech and in Atlanta.
While Brady has never done anything to the extreme of the other three quarterback’s on the list, he has done something to the chagrin of fans.
Something that New England fans probably can’t comprehend.