The former Jets quarterback, cut by New York last week after one disappointing season and now a free agent, was selected as America's most influential athlete, according to a survey released Monday by Forbes.com.
Tebow had the most influence on fans, according to 29 percent of respondents, finishing ahead of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps (25 percent), Jamaican track star Usain Bolt (23 percent) and Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (22 percent).
Forbes.com used surveys from Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research to determine the winner, and took into account Nielsen's measurement for a player's endorsement potential.
The next-closest NFL player was Denver's Peyton Manning, who replaced Tebow with the Broncos last offseason and finished fifth in the survey.
More Sports Headlines
Bears QB Cutler has strained hamstring; status unknown 4:24 p.m. Dolphins' Philbin, players deny report Suh was ignoring play calls 4:21 p.m. AP Source: Tortorella to coach U.S. World Cup hockey team 2:41 p.m. Brewers name Astros assistant David Stearns GM Seahawks are not good enough to play dumb Packers rally in fourth quarter to beat Seattle 27-17 Seahawks tight end Graham has one catch for 11 yards Seahawks grades
Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.