Two Bengals, two Steelers, UC product on list of top 20 most hated NFL players
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - There is little love lost between the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers and little doubt fans of each team dislike players on the other quite a lot. But the one thing they have in common, apparently, is how much the rest of the NFL hates players on both teams.
The Sporting News recently compiled a list of the 20 "Most hated players in the NFL in 2017" with two Bengals and two Steelers making the list (and one of the Steelers to make it also played a season with the Bengals).
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is No. 1 on the list and is followed by Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict at No. 2.
Bengals cornerback Adam Jones is No. 13.
The Sporting News wrote of Roethlisberger, who played in college at Miami: "Of all the players on this list, Roethlisberger is here as much for his off-field behavior as anyone. There are football reasons why Big Ben makes the list, as well. Since early in his career, Roethlisberger has been accused of being a drama king — by former Ravens linebacker Bart Scott, for instance, and former Ravens coach Brian Billick — for publicly discussing various injuries he has sustained."
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Linebacker James Harrison, who has spent the majority of his career with Pittsburgh except for the 2013 season during which he played for the Bengals, is No. 11.
University of Cincinnati product Travis Kelce also made the list at No. 17.
The Kansas City Chiefs tight end was placed on the list because of his locker room tirade following the Chiefs playoff loss to Pittsburgh.
The Sporting News wrote: "Kelce seems to be presenting himself as sort of a Gronk (Rob Gronkowski) figure - without the humor."