In the spirit of the season, we shall hereby attempt to identify Pittsburgh's most-hated athletes of the past 40 years.

OK, hate is an objectionable word.

Let's go with least liked.

The criterion is simple: The athlete had to have played in Pittsburgh. Whether the public vitriol erupted while he was here (Dave Parker) or when he left (Marian Hossa) is immaterial.

We will not include coaches (Todd Graham), general managers (Dave Littlefield) or owners (Bob Nutting). We certainly will not include college athletes (insert Pitt quarterback of your choice).