Tim Tebow ranks as most ‘influential’ athlete, according to Forbes

Tim Tebow is the most influential athlete in America, according to Forbes’ magazine. (AP Photo)

Tim Tebow just got released as a No. 3 quarterback, but that didn’t keep him from being NUMBER 1 on Forbes’ list of most influential American athletes for 2013. The Denver Broncos starting sensation turned Jets benchwarmer benefited from his time in the big-market Big Apple last season to “influence” 29 percent or survey respondents. He also had an “awareness” score of 48.

According to the magazine, there was no denying Tebow’s great reach beyond what he does (or doesn’t do) on the field: “A unique set of QB 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.”

Tebow beat out Olympic superstars Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt for the top honor.


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