Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is the fourth-most disliked athlete in the country according to a Nielsen/E-Poll published by Forbes Magazine. Cutler was found to “appeal to” just 21 percent of responders to a nationwide poll, which makes him more loathed than two other NFL quarterbacks who have distinguished themselves as targets for contempt: Michael Vick (23 percent) and Tony Romo (27 percent).
What could have prompted his slide?
Or it could simply be that the biggest national stories Cutler has been behind in his career have been the NFC Championship Game, and his role in the Denver Broncos decision to trade him. The lack of playoff appearances in the past two seasons have kept him from forging a new postseason legacy.
It might have nothing to do with Cutler at all. Previous versions of the Forbes list tracked the percentage of responders who claimed to “dislike”, “dislike somewhat” or “dislike a lot” a certain athlete. This year’s version measures the “appeal” of each athlete.
When it comes to raw dislike, previous versions of the list show that while Cutler may be exceptionally loathed in terms of the NFL (he finished among the most disliked NFL players in 2011 under the old voting method), he did not draw enough antipathy to rank in the top ten of all athletes nationwide.