Tim Tebow tops list of America's most influential athletes

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The public is not done with him yet. Former New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow enjoyed much “Tebowmania” 15 months ago - and his influence has not waned a bit. When Americans are asked which pro athletes they believe carry the most influence with the public, Mr. Tebow is at No. 1.

“A unique set of quarterback strengths and weaknesses and an affinity for wearing his Christian faith on his sleeve combine to make Tebow a compelling public figure, even as an NFL backup,” says Forbes sports business writer Tom Van Riper.

“Whether or not he’s able to remain deeply ingrained in the public consciousness without eventually getting more time on the field remains to be seen. But for now, Tebow, he of 2.2 million Twitter followers, is still the man people talk about.”

Stephen Master, who coordinated the public poll for Nielsen, calls the finding - and Mr. Tebow’s persistent influence - “incredible.”

Who’s next on the roster’s top-five? That would be Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, Derek Jeter and Peyton Manning.

See the complete list and assorted chatter here: http://www.forbes.com/pictures/eddf45kkml/making-their-marks/

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