Forbes: Top 10 Most Liked Players
- Published: Oct. 25, 2012 at 12:23 p.m.
- Updated: Oct. 25, 2012 at 01:14 p.m.
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?
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)