Tuesday, May 7, 2013


Forbes just released their latest list of the America's most influential athletes.The survey is generally conducted by Nielsen and E-poll Market Research to identify the athletes who carry the most influence among American fans. The list features some old and new faces compare to their 2012 Most influential list. Jimmie Johnson topped the list along with Tim Tebow, Peyton Manning, Manny Pacquiao, Tom Brady and more. Forbes listed ten Most influential athlete but lemme grab five of the best who made it on this year's list.


Influential : 21%
From 3rd spot last year down to Fifth spot this year
Peyton Manning is a quarterback for Denver Broncos of the NFL. Before working for the Broncos, Peyton Manning previously played for Indianapolis Colts for 14 consecutive seasons starting from 1998 to 2011. He signed up for a five year contract for Broncos. Interestingly, Broncos permitted Manning to wear the No 18 Jersey (the one he had for Colts) despite of the fact that it is already retired in honor of Frank Tripucka. Manning holds a lot of impressive individual career records and it's just too many to list it down. He was also named as one of the smartest athlete in sports few years ago.

Influential : 22 %
New entry this year
Jeter is a baseball shortstop who has played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees.A five-time World Series champion, Jeter is regarded as a central figure of the Yankees during their success of the 1990s and 2000s due to his hitting ability, baserunning, and leadership.  He's holding most of the all time records in his career.Jeter has been one of the most heavily marketed athletes of his generation and is involved in several product endorsements. His personal life and relationships with celebrities have drawn the attention of the media throughout his career.  As a matter of fact most sportswriters anticipate that Jeter will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame following his impressive playing career. 

Influential : 23%
New Entry this year
Usain Bolt is a famous Sprinter who is well known for being dubbed as fastest person in the world. He is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since fully automatic time measurements became mandatory in 1977.He is the reigning Olympic champion in these three events, the first man to win six Olympic gold medals in sprinting, and a five-time World champion. His 2009 record breaking margin for 100 m, from 9.69 seconds (his own previous world record) to 9.58, is the highest since the start of fully automatic time measurements. Bolt's achievements in sprinting have earned him the media nickname "Lightning Bolt", and awards including the IAAF World Athlete of the Year, Track & Field Athlete of the Year, and Laureus Sportsman of the Year (three times). He is the highest paid athlete ever in track and field. He has been called the world’s most marketable athlete and the greatest athlete ever. 

Influential : 25 %
New Entry this year
Michael Phelps as we all know is the greatest swimmer and Olympian of all time. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals (18, double the second highest record holders), Olympic gold medals in individual events (11), and Olympic medals in individual events for a male (13).Phelps took the record for the most first-place finishes at any single Olympic Games. Phelps is the long course world recordholder in the 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter butterfly and 400-meter individual medley as well as the former long course world recordholder in the 200-meter freestyle and 200-meter individual medley.Phelps's international titles and record-breaking performances have earned him the World Swimmer of the Year Award seven times and American Swimmer of the Year Award nine times as well as the FINA Swimmer of the Year Award in 2012. His unprecedented Olympic success in 2008 earned Phelps Sports Illustrated magazine's Sportsman of the Year award. 

Influential : 29 %
From 2nd to first spot this year 
Tebow is an unrestricted free agent (a player with no team) who has previously played quarterback for both the New York Jets and Denver Broncos. Tebow is a dual-threat quarterback, adept at both rushing and passing. Career wise, Tebow is barely a new player but it is very impressive that he managed to establish his name and became a public figure within a short period of time. Tebow began the 2011 season as the Denver Broncos' backup quarterback, with Kyle Orton acting as the starter.After a 1–4 start and some poor performances, Orton was replaced by Tebow at halftime during a home game against the San Diego Chargers in the fifth week of the season. Tebow managed to express his skills and prove his worth afterwards. In fact, Denver became the first team in NFL history to win a game after being down by at least 15 points with three minutes to play in a game and that is because of Tebow.  Another thing that makes this guy more impressive is his strong faith and devotion as a Christian. He preached the Christian Gospel in front of schoolchildren and entire villages and assisted in medical care here in the Philippines and supports more than 40 national evangelists working in the country. He did a lot of charitable events here in Philippines too (He was born here in the Philippines)

Other famous athletes also made in this year's list including Lebron James and David Beckham taking the 9th and 10th spot respectively. [complete list]
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