Forbes recently named the NFL's 10 most liked players from a recent E-Poll/Nielsen poll that scored the highest in public appeal. According to the poll, Brian Urlacher was the 8th most liked. Here's the entire list:
Detroit Lions Appeal: 71% A defensive lineman No. 1? Apparently a unique name and an ability to manhandle offensive lines, all for a team gaining national traction for its turnaround, go a long way.
Green Bay Packers Appeal: 67% Fans like the way Rodgers smoothly stepped in and excelled after taking over for the polarizing Brett Favre in 2008.Leading the Pack to a Super Bowl title last year took things to a whole new level.
Pittsburgh Steelers Appeal: 64% High energy player on a popular team, and of course everyone loves the hair.
New Orleans Saints Appeal: 63% Leading New Orleans to a post-Katrina Super Bowl title two years ago was a great story. Fans also see Brees as professional and modest.
Green Bay Packers Appeal: 62% Longtime star defensive back sees his fortunes rise along with the Pack’s.
Minnesota Vikings Appeal: 62% The man they call “All Day” for his tireless rushing and receiving workload every Sunday just re-upped with Minnesota for seven years and a possible $100 million. With over 6,000 yards in four-plus seasons, some think Peterson has the goods to challenge Emmitt Smith’s all time rushing mark of 18,355.
St. Louis Rams Appeal: 62% The former Oklahoma Sooners QB, drafted first overall in 2010 (one spot ahead of Suh), helped improve the Rams to 7-9 from 1-15 the previous year. He and the club are off to a tougher start this year, though.
Chicago Bears Appeal: 57% Who doesn't love a tough linebacker playing for the Chicago Bears? Urlacher is practically the definition of football.
New York Jets Appeal: 56% A longtime star in San Diego, Tomlinson has gained popularity in New York as a steadying part-time veteran on a generallyyounger, brash team.
Indianapolis Colts Appeal: 54% Imagine how appealing Manning would be if he spent more of his time on the field playing football and less of it playing chess with opposing defenses. Though of course the 0-5 Colts miss him terribly this year.