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- TIM TEBOW NAMED FORBES ‘MOST INFLUENTIAL ATHLETE OF 2013’ -
Although free agent quarterback Tim Tebow doesn’t have an NFL team to call home and it looks like there is not a team in the league looking to sign him any time soon, he still has been named the Most Influential Athlete of 2013.
Tebow, who was cut by the New York Jets last week, topped the list of athletes that most Americans feel carry the most influence with the public, according to the list released by Forbes on Monday.
The athletes he beat out included three 2012 Olympic gold-medal winners (No. 2 Michael Phelps, No. 3 Usain Bolt, No. 7 Gabby Douglas), three Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks (No. 5 Peyton Manning, No. 6 Drew Brees, No. 8 Aaron Rodgers) and three athletes who have won titles in other pro sports (No. 4 Derek Jeter, No. 9 LeBron James, No. 10 David Beckham).
Of course, it should be pointed out that Tebow did win two national titles and a Heisman Trophy at Florida.
Tebow’s popularity exploded in 2011 after he took over for the injured Kyle Orton and then led the Denver Broncos to the AFC West title and a playoff win. Last season Tebow spent the most of the season on the bench while with the Jets.
“For a backup quarterback to be talked about so much is incredible,” Stephen Master, senior vice president of Sports for Nielsen, which conducted the surveys over the past several months, told Forbes. “But it is the biggest market.”
A big part of what could be assisting Tebow’s popularity is his outspoken Christian faith. Part of Tebow’s touchdown celebration includes a kneel-down prayer in the end zone after scoring. On Twitter, Tebow’s followers are in the 2.2 million range and growing. (Photo: Rob Foldy/USA Today Sports)