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Chargers Manti Te'o named second-most disliked NFL player

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Less than a year ago, La'ie native and then-Notre Dame All-American linebacker Manti Te'o was a frequent sight near the top of watch lists for several college football player-of-the-year awards, including the Heisman Trophy.

On Monday, the San Diego Chargers rookie could be found near the top of a different sort of list: Forbes Magazine's list of the NFL's Most-Disliked Players.

The magazine's annual survey, which polls more than 1,100 people on which professional football players are least liked by fans, was released on Monday. Te'o ranked second, with 48% percent of respondents saying they disliked the Punahou graduate, placing behind only Philadelphia Eagles quaterback Michael Vick, who was disliked by 53% percent of those polled.

The magazine cited "last year's bizarre 'fake girlfriend' episode" and a foot injury that kept him off the field during the beginning of the NFL season as the reasons behind the unfavorable ranking.

Before last January's BCS National Championship game against Alabama, Te'o was found to have been hoaxed, or "catfished," into an online relationship with a man named Ronaiah Tuiasosopo pretending to be a Stanford University.

Vick and Te'o ranked ahead of Detriot Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, who rounded out the top five. 

For more on the Forbes Magazine survey, click here.

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