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Published: Oct. 25, 2012 at 12:23 p.m.
Updated: Oct. 25, 2012 at 01:14 p.m.

Forbes: Top 10 Most Liked Players

It must be the hair. A Forbes poll found that fans like Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu more than any other NFL player. Which other players earned the good marks?

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  • Detroit Lions
Salary: $8.9 million
Appeal: 56%

Forbes: "Young QB has sparkled since his injury-plagued 2010 season, leading the Lions back to respectability."
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    10. Matthew Stafford

    Detroit Lions Salary: $8.9 million Appeal: 56% Forbes: "Young QB has sparkled since his injury-plagued 2010 season, leading the Lions back to respectability." (Howard Smith/US Presswire)

  • Green Bay Packers
Salary: $2.3 million
Appeal: 57%

Forbes: "One of the league’s most consistent wide receivers for years catching passes from Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, Driver finally got his share of attention by winning Dancing with the Stars last spring."
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    9. Donald Driver

    Green Bay Packers Salary: $2.3 million Appeal: 57% Forbes: "One of the league’s most consistent wide receivers for years catching passes from Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, Driver finally got his share of attention by winning Dancing with the Stars last spring." (Jeff Hanisch/US Presswire)

  • Chicago Bears
Salary: $9.2 million
Appeal: 57%

Forbes: "Throwback linebacker for a throwback team - who doesn’t love a modern Dick Butkus?"
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    8. Brian Urlacher

    Chicago Bears Salary: $9.2 million Appeal: 57% Forbes: "Throwback linebacker for a throwback team - who doesn’t love a modern Dick Butkus?" (Jake Roth/US Presswire)

  • Washington Redskins
Salary: $3.9 million
Appeal: 57%

Forbes: "Andrew Luck was the top pick, but RG III’s Heisman Trophy and exciting style have brought more fanfare."
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    7. Robert Griffin III

    Washington Redskins Salary: $3.9 million Appeal: 57% Forbes: "Andrew Luck was the top pick, but RG III’s Heisman Trophy and exciting style have brought more fanfare." (Jim O'Connor/US Presswire)

  • New England Patriots
Salary: $2.6 million
Appeal: 58%

Forbes: "The Gronk, who set single season records for touchdowns and receiving yards by a tight end last season, has over 350,000 twitter followers. Should he stay healthy and productive, his salary will escalate to $12.5 million by 2019. "
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    6. Rob Gronkowski

    New England Patriots Salary: $2.6 million Appeal: 58% Forbes: "The Gronk, who set single season records for touchdowns and receiving yards by a tight end last season, has over 350,000 twitter followers. Should he stay healthy and productive, his salary will escalate to $12.5 million by 2019. " (Stew Milne/US Presswire)

  • Green Bay Packers
Salary: $9 million
Appeal: 58%

Forbes: "Super Bowl quarterback who excels on the field consistently, plays for a popular team, and shows an appealingly subtle sense of humor in his TV ads."
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    5. Aaron Rodgers

    Green Bay Packers Salary: $9 million Appeal: 58% Forbes: "Super Bowl quarterback who excels on the field consistently, plays for a popular team, and shows an appealingly subtle sense of humor in his TV ads." (Scott Kane/US Presswire)

  • Denver Broncos
Salary: $18 million
Appeal: 59%

Forbes: "Long admired for his talent and professionalism, Manning caught some extra attention this year during his much-hyped move to Denver."
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    4. Peyton Manning

    Denver Broncos Salary: $18 million Appeal: 59% Forbes: "Long admired for his talent and professionalism, Manning caught some extra attention this year during his much-hyped move to Denver." (Christopher Hanewinckel/US Presswire)

  • Green Bay Packers
Salary: $11.6 million
Appeal: 62%

Wonder if anyone even remembers his Heisman Trophy, which came in 1997 (Woodson is the only primarily defensive player to win it). Since then a perennial All-Pro with the Raiders and Packers who’s gotten a lot of playoff exposure over the years. 
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    3. Charles Woodson

    Green Bay Packers Salary: $11.6 million Appeal: 62% Wonder if anyone even remembers his Heisman Trophy, which came in 1997 (Woodson is the only primarily defensive player to win it). Since then a perennial All-Pro with the Raiders and Packers who’s gotten a lot of playoff exposure over the years. (Jeff Hanisch/US Presswire)

  • New Orleans Saints
Salary: $10.4 million
Appeal: 62%

Forbes: "In a season of upheaval for the Saints, Brees has been the steadying, familiar influence. And there’s still the glow from leading the club to its first Super Bowl title three years ago. His new contract pays $100 million over five years, $53 million of which comes during the final two years."
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    2. Drew Brees

    New Orleans Saints Salary: $10.4 million Appeal: 62% Forbes: "In a season of upheaval for the Saints, Brees has been the steadying, familiar influence. And there’s still the glow from leading the club to its first Super Bowl title three years ago. His new contract pays $100 million over five years, $53 million of which comes during the final two years." (Kim Klement/US Presswire)

  • Pittsburgh Steelers
Salary: $9.1 million
Appeal: 63%

Forbes: "Fans just love the all-out play and the hair. And Steeler fans abound everywhere."
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    1. Troy Polamalu

    Pittsburgh Steelers Salary: $9.1 million Appeal: 63% Forbes: "Fans just love the all-out play and the hair. And Steeler fans abound everywhere." (Scott Boehm/Associated Press)

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