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FORBES: Manti Te'o one of most disliked players in NFL

Published On: Oct 21 2013 08:48:56 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 21 2013 08:51:23 PM CDT
Manti Te'o

San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Te'o (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Forbes Magazine is out with its top 10 most disliked players in the NFL, and former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o came in 2nd, according to the latest surveys from E-Poll Market Research, a California-based firm whose E-Score measures public opinion of thousands of celebrities based on likeability, awareness, confidence and many other attributes.

Te’o, who is with the San Diego Chargers, scores a 48% dislike rating thanks to last year’s bizarre “fake girlfriend” episode toward the end of his college career at Notre Dame. With a foot injury limiting his playing time as an NFL rookie, Te’o simply hasn’t had the chance to turn attention away from the old drama.

“I think this will stay with him until he gets the chance to prove them wrong,” says E-Poll Chief Executive Gerry Philpott.

The list is based on an E-Poll survey of 1,100 people age 13 and up. Forbes counted only currently active NFL players whose awareness registered a minimum of 10% with the public.

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was 6th in the poll.

For the entire Forbes Top 10 disliked NFL players: