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SI polled 200 NFL players as to likes and dislikes, and these were the results (in order of preference):
•Nastiest player in the league: Lyle Alzado, by a landslide. Then, Randy White and Howie Long (tie), Kenny Easley, Gary Fencik and Matt Millen (tie).
•Nicest players: Walter Payton, Lee Roy Selmon, Steve Bartkowski, Steve Largent and Mike Haynes (tie), Charlie Joiner.
•Cheapest of the cheap-shot artists: Fencik, Easley, Alzado, Bill Johnson, Ron Heller.
•Cockiest: Mark Gastineau, hands down. Next, Joe Theismann, Mark Clayton, Jim McMahon and Lester Hayes (tie), Dan Marino.
•Smartest: Joe Montana, Dan Fouts, Marino, Largent, Ken Anderson, Steve Nelson and Carl Ekern (tie). Nelson voted for Don Strock: "He has to be smart to get paid that much for carrying a clipboard.... He'll be a great coach."
•Most overrated: Hayes, Tom Cousin-eau, Gastineau, Ronnie Lott, Marino. Says Houston nosetackle Mike Stensrud of his vote for Marino, "He won't react under pressure. He's not a championship player that way."
•Most underrated: James Wilder, Tony Nathan and Dave Krieg (tie), Dave Logan and Roger Craig (tie), Raymond Clayborn, Darryl Grant and Ottis Anderson (tie).
•Coach (other than your own) you would most like to play for: Bill Walsh, Don Shula, Chuck Knox, Bud Grant, Bum Phillips.