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Survey: Polamalu is most-liked player in NFL

| Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, 9:20 a.m.
FILE - This Dec. 8, 2011 file photo shows Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu on the bench during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, in Pittsburgh. There seems to be transition within the AFC North that Pittsburgh has owned pretty much since the NFL went to its current format in 2002. Baltimore edged the Steelers for the division title last year and is considered the favorite to repeat. Cincinnati is regarded as the team on the rise. And there are many questions surrounding these Steelers. Not to worry, Polamalu says. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

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).

Ben seeks to complete TD list

Ben Roethlisberger is 2-0 against the Redskins, but they are the only NFL team he has not thrown a touchdown pass against. He's 14 of 37 (37.8 percent) passing against them.

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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