Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos certainly stunk in the Super Bowl, but apparently, we still really, really like him.
In fact, Manning is the most likable player in the NFL, according to REPUCOM, a global marketing research company that tracks the popularity of celebrities.
Manning beat out Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers — he of the "discount daaah-bul check" — for the NFL’s top spot, according to REPUCOM, which surveys 1,000 U.S. consumers on a weekly basis.
And, predictably, Super Bowl champ Russell Wilson’s popularity is on the rise. The Seahawks’ quarterback checks in at No. 3 on the list.
The rest of the top 10 most-liked players: Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, Giants quarterback Eli Manning, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith and Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.
Interestingly, Smith ranks ahead of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who took Smith’s job in San Francisco and played in the Super Bowl a year ago but sits only 14th on the most-liked list.