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By Alan Robinson
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, 9:20 a.m.
 

Troy Polamalu is the NFL's most popular player, by a hair.

The Steelers safety, limited to one full game this season by a calf injury that will keep him out Sunday as well, leads the NFL likeability survey conducted for Forbes Magazine by Nielsen, in collaboration with E-Poll Market Research.

Polamalu's reckless style and wildly flowing hair — seen constantly in his Head & Shoulders commercials — contribute to his popularity, as does the fact that he plays for a prominent team.

Polamalu's appeal rating of 63 percent put him slightly ahead of Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Packers defensive back Charles Woodson (both 62 percent), Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (59) and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (both 58).

The least-liked players are Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh (19 percent), Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (21), Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (23), 49ers receiver Randy Moss (24) and Raiders backup quarterback Matt Leinart (26).

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One start came during his rookie season in 2004. He was pulled at halftime with a shoulder injury in 2008.

— Alan Robinson

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