So, you think it would be fun to be quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys? It could make you one of the most hated athletes in America.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is finding that out after being ranked 10th on Forbes' list of the country's 10 most disliked athletes.
The rankings, published this week, were the result of surveys conducted by Neilsen Sports and market research firm E-Poll.
It's something of an honor to make the list, since candidates were restricted to those scoring a minimum of 10 percent in public awareness. You have to be recognizable to be hated.
Romo isn't the most hated NFL quarterback, or even the most hated football player. But he's on the list:
1. Lance Armstrong – Cycling
2. Manti Te'o – Notre Dame/football
3. Tiger Woods – Golf
4. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears
5. Metta World Peace – Los Angeles Lakers
6. Alex Rodriguez – New York Yankees
7. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles
8. Kurt Busch – NASCAR
9. Kobe Bryant – Los Angeles Lakers
10. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys
Most of the members of this elite group were involved in some sort of scandal during their careers, or have a reputation for rude behavior. Romo doesn't fit either criteria, which Forbes acknowledges in explaining why the quarterback landed on the list:
"Takes a lot of heat for a good quarterback who has never harmed anyone or been in trouble off the field. That's life with the high-profile Cowboys – when you don't get to the Super Bowl, people find a way to blame the QB."
Romo on Forbes' 10 most disliked athletes
Fox Sports Southwest | Feb 7