In a Monday story by Forbes Magazine, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was listed as the fourth Most-Disliked NFL Player, according to the latest surveys from E-Poll Market Research.
Listed ahead of Roethlisberger are Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Te’o and Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
Roethlisberger, whose foundation continues to provide grants for police and fire departments throughout the United States with a particular emphasis on support for K-9 units and service dogs, apparently still hasn’t broken free from past investigations into sexual assault accusations that never yielded any charges.
Roethlisberger, who wound up being suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season under the NFL player conduct policy despite never being charged for a crime, has since married and recently announced the forthcoming birth of his second child.
Roethlisberger continues to be a model citizen, but the public perception about him is one that won’t likely go away as long as plays in the league.