10 Most Influential Athletes of America

1. Tim Tebow

10 Most Influential Athletes of America

Like Tebow or not, you never stop hearing from him. Winner of the Heisman Trophy, Tebow’s pro-life Super Bowl ad in 2010 won him favor with Christian religious organizations, but also sparked controversy. In 2011, he inspired the Tebowing meme. In 2012, he was a disappointing quarterback for the New York Jets. In 2013, he signed with the New England Patriots and was later released from the team. On December 30, 2013, he was hired by ESPN as a college football analyst.

 

2. Michael Phelps

10 Most Influential Athletes of America

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, has secured his place in the history of the sport. Phelps is the long-run world record holder in the 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly, and 400m individual medley, as well as the former long-run world record holder in the 200m freestyle and 200m medley. individual. With 39 world records (29 in singles, 10 in relay), Phelps set more records than any other swimmer.

 

3. Lindsey Vonn

10 Most Influential Athletes of America

Lindsey Vonn: The Most Desirable Woman in Sport. 2013 was a great year for the downhill skier, but not necessarily for his skiing skills. Vonn crashed during training in February, began dating Tiger Woods, and suffered a partial ACL tear in another accident in November, putting her participation in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in jeopardy. Vonn is one of the six. women who have won World Cup events in the five disciplines of alpine skiing (alpine, super G, giant slalom, slalom and super combined) and have won 59 world cup events during their career in February 2014 With her Olympic gold and bronze medals, two gold medals at the World Championships in 2009 (plus three silver medals in 2007 and 2011) and four overall World Cup titles, Vonn became the most successful skier. most titled from America. success in history.

 

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4. Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter

Jeter is considered one of the most consistent baseball players of all time. Very competitive, an aggressive hitter, Jeter once said, “If you play you are set to win. Baseball, board games, play Jeopardy! I hate to lose.” Known for his professionalism, he was one of the most commercialized athletes. of his generation and is involved in various product promotions. His personal life and celebrity relationships have garnered media attention throughout his career. Jeter is regarded by his peers and opponents as an accomplished professional and one of the best players of his generation.

 

5. Peyton Manning

10 Most Influential Athletes of America

Son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning and older brother of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, Peyton Manning is ranked fifth among America’s most influential athletes. A mainstay on that list, Manning impressed in the second chapter of his career, recovering from a neck injury and leading the Broncos to a 13-3 season. Manning’s pre-attack routine has earned him the nickname “The Sheriff,” and he’s one of the most recognizable and parodied players in the NFL.

 

6. Drew Brees

10 Most Influential Athletes of America

Have a long-standing reputation as a good quarterback and a good guy. Brees will be forever remembered as the one who led New Orleans after Katrina to her first Super Bowl title. Brees began his career with the San Diego Chargers, winning the starting position in 2002 and making the Pro Bowl in 2004. He was the 2004 NFL Returning Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 and 2011, and MVP. of Super Bowl XLIV. Sports Illustrated named Brees the 2010 Sportsman of the Year. In 2013, Brees became the fastest player to join the 50,000-yard club. He did so in 183 games, surpassing the 50,000 marks in the Saints’ 31-13 win over the Carolina Panthers.

 

7. Gabby Douglas

10 Most Influential Athletes of America

The third character to benefit from the Olympic year has just ended: Douglas showed off his incredible moves on the mats and beam in prime time last summer. As a member of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team at the 2012 Summer Olympics, she won gold medals in both individual and team competitions. Douglas is the first woman of color and the first African-American gymnast in Olympic history to become an individual champion and the first American gymnast to win gold in both individual and team competition at the same Olympic Games. as the only American champion to have won multiple gold medals.

 

8. Aaron Rodgers

10 Most Influential Athletes of America

Probably the best quarterback in the NFL, playing for one of their most popular teams. And still in the playoffs. Rodgers is the NFL all-time regular-season leader at 104.9 and second-all-time in the playoffs at 103.1. He is currently the only quarterback to have a career passer rating of over 100.0 in the regular season.

 

9. LeBron James

10 Most Influential Athletes of America

Nicknamed “King James”, he is a 2.03m tall American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). In 2013, he led the Heat on a 27-game winning streak, the second-longest in league history. Miami also won its second consecutive title and repeated as MVP of the final. His professional accomplishments and leadership role at the Miami Championships in 2012 and 2013 led many basketball analysts to consider him the best player in the NBA today.

 

10. Tiger Woods

10 Most Influential Athletes of America

Most Stylish Athlete Ever: Tiger Woods was named golf’s ‘Biggest Surprise’ of 2013. He has won five times this year, though neither W’s were taller. He also announced he was dating Lindsey Vonn, which put him in the spotlight and sparked a wave of web searches. He is one of the most successful golfers of all time. Currently world No. 1, he has been one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for several years. He is the youngest player to have achieved the Grand Slam of his career, and the youngest and fastest to win 50 tournaments on the circuit.