Heâ€™s penned an autobiography, has a statue in his honor, and moonlights as a model.
Yes, the Tim Tebow accolades keep on cominâ€™ – with or without a starting quarterback label on his resume.
Tebow is number 10 on Forbesâ€™ list of the Most Influential Athletes, a countdown dominated by NASCAR and NFL players.Â Media tracking giant Nielsen and E-Poll surveyed 1,000+ adults for this year’s ranking. Â Tebow actually finished 3rd in 2010, but remember, that was just after completing whatâ€™s arguably the most accomplished college career ever by a quarterback.
What make an athlete influential?Â According to Forbes, it seems name recognition (duh), endorsement deals, and character.Â Whatâ€™s not as important is on-the-field success, as youâ€™ll see below.Â MLB is an influential no show as are last yearâ€™s Winter Olympic superstars (Shaun White, for instance).Â Without further ado:
- Jimmy Johnson â€“ NASCAR
- Tom Brady â€“ NFL
- Dale Earnhardt, Jr. â€“ NASCAR
- Shaquille Oâ€™Neal â€“ NBA
- Michael Phelps â€“ Swimming
- Troy Polamalu â€“ NFL
- Peyton Manning â€“ NFL
- Jeff Gordon â€“ NASCAR
- LeBron James â€“ NBA
- TIM TEBOW â€“ NFL
As if one list isnâ€™t enoughâ€¦
While Tebow cracked the top ten of a list, another member of the Broncos organization â€“ THE OWNER â€“ narrowly missed.
ESPN released its Power Rankings of NFL owners, and Pat Bowlen finished in 11th place.Â No AFC West owner placed in the top ten; in fact, Bowlen was the lone AFC West owner to get a vote.Â ESPN AFC West blogger Bill Williamson suggested Bowlen would have placed higher had the whole Josh McDaniels saga never happened.
Too bad it did.
From the â€˜Are We Not Surprised?â€™ Department
The Denver Broncos have not named a starting quarterback for the 2011 season.
John Elway was noncommittal during his interview today with Sirius/XM NFL radio. Â However, Elway reiterated the team’s need to add a defensive tackle (or two) via free agency, and shared with listeners his hunch this could be a â€œbreakoutâ€ season for running back Knowshon Moreno.