Tim Tebow – a man with no team and maybe not even a sport – tops the list.
Tebow was the second most influential athlete of 2012, behind Jimmie Johnson.
The 2012 Summer Olympics pushed America’s greatest Olympian (Michael Phelps), the world’s fastest man (Usain Bolt) and America’s latest gymnastics sweetheart and gold-medal winner (Gabby Douglas) into the top 10.
Only four of the top 10 were on last year’s list: Tebow, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. All are American football players, demonstrating the reach of the sport that has become America’s Game.
LeBron James appears to have redeemed his image. He’s back to being influential again after the PR disaster that was “The Decision.” Winning a title sure helps.
This is (incredibly) Derek Jeter‘s first appearance on the list. What has Forbes been missing all these years?
Finally, David Beckham, an international player playing an international sport, apparently has the ability to sway Americans. I think the jury is out on that one, unless they are buying underpants.
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Tebow will have set plays tailor made to his skill set, which includes the ability to run the ball (wildcat, goal line). Expect to see Tebow in there under center for a handful of plays every week.
Then, who knows what’s next. Time (and perhaps booing Jets fans) will tell.
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* Tebow and the Florida Gators won the BCS Title (National Championship) following the 2006 regular season.
* Tebow won the Heismann Trophy in his sophomore season (2007)