Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Most Influential Athletes In USA in 2017. An athlete is a person who takes part in a competition involving one or more sports. The sports include physical strength, speed and endurance. Sportsmen/women may be amateurs or professionals. According to the latest Survey carried out by the Nielsen and Market Research, these are the 10 pro athletes with the biggest influence among the U.S fans:
List of Top 10 Most Influential Athletes In USA 2017
10. Tiger Woods: Golfer
Tiger woods is a golfer and one of the most decorated and sought after athlete of all time. In 2013 he was named as a “big surprise” in golf. He is one of the golfers having an illustrious and successful careers of this generation. He is currently named as one of the best golfers in the world, he has also been one of the best-paid athletes for over seven years in a row. Tiger Woods is also the youngest player ever to obtain the Career Grand Slam. He is also the youngest and fastest player ever to win 50 tournaments in a tour.
9. LeBron James: NBA-Miami Heats.
LeBron James is an American National Basketball Player. He has been nicknamed as “King James” by his many fans. He is around 6 ft. 8 tall in height. He plays for the Miami Heats of the American National Basketball. LeBron James led Miami Heats to a 27 winning streak in 2013, which is the second longest ever in the history of NBA league. It was also the second consecutive title in a row for the Miami Heats. He is also considered as one of the best players in the NBA today by the basket analysts due to his career achievements and leadership role in Miami Heat’s 2012 and 2013 champions.
8. Aaron Rodgers: NFL-player
Aaron Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks in NFL league and plays for one of the most popular teams in NFL-Green Bay Packers. Rodgers is the Career leader of all-time in the passer rating in one of the regular seasons where he had a rating of 104.9. He is also the second all-time best from a post season having a rate of 103.1. Currently, Rodgers is the only quarterback to ever obtain a career passer rating of over 100.0 in the regular reason.
7. Gabby Douglas: Gymnastics
Her area of specialization is in Gymnastics. She was a member of the U.S Gymnastics team in summer 2012 summer Olympics. She won gold medals in team competitions and in individual all-round competitions. She is the first black woman and also the first African-American gymnast in the history of Olympics to achieve an all-round champion. Douglas is also the fast American to win a gold in both the team competition and the individual all-round at the same Olympics. She is also the first American all-round champion to ever win multiple gold medals.
6. Drew Brees: NFL-New Orleans Saints.
Drew plays in the NFL- New Orleans Saints. He is regarded as one of the best quarterbacks in NFL. He is remembered as one who led post-Katrina New Orleans to their first super Bowl tittle. Brees began his career at San Diego Chargers, starting the job in 2002 and made the pro-Bowl in 2004. In 2004, the comeback player of the year title in NFL was won by Brees. In 2008, Brees was named as the most offensive player of that year in NFL league. In 2010, Sports Illustrated picked Brees to be its sportsman of that year. In 2013, Brees joined the 50,000 club as one of the fastest players ever, he achieved this in only 183 games, surpassing the 50,000 milestone in a 3-13 saints win over the Carolina Panthers. He is the most Influential athletes in USA 2017.
5. Peyton Manning: NFL-Denver broncos
He occupies the fifth position among the influential athletes of America. He is the son of the former NFL quarterback Archie Manning. He is also the elder brother to Eli Manning who is a New York Giant quarterback. Manning was very impressive in his second career after he recovered from his neck injury and led the broncos to a 13-3 season. He is one of the most recognizable and parodial players in the NFL.
4. Derek Jeter: NLB- New York Yankees
Derik is considered as one of the best and consistent player of baseball of all time. Jeter is highly competitive and aggressive hitter. He is also one of the highly marketed athletes of his generation. He is also involved in many product advertisements and endorsements. He is regarded as a consummate professional and one of the best players of his time by his team mates and opponents alike.
3. Lindsey Vonn: Alpine Skier.
She was named as the most desired woman in sports in 2013. Vonn crashed while she was training back in February in 2013. She was also rumored to be dating Tiger Woods in 2013. She is among the six women to have won world cup racers in all five categories of alpine skiing-super G, giant slalom, downhill, slalom, and the super combined- she had also won 59 cup races in her career by the end of 2014. Vonn is regarded as the most successful American ski racer in history.
2. Michael Phelps: Swimming.
He is the most successful Olympian of all time. He holds a world record in the 100 –meter butterfly style, holds an individual medley in 400-meter, and also in 200-meter butterfly. Phelps is also the former world record holder in long course swimming races having won an individual 200-meter medley, and in 200-meter freestyle. He holds a total of 39 world records (29 are individual and 10 relay). He has sets more records than any other swimmer of his generation.
1. Tim Tebow: NFL -New York jets
Tebow is a Heisman trophy winner. His pro-life super bowl ad in 2010 earned him some favors among Christian and religious organizations, but is also sparked controversy. In 2011, he inspired the Tebowing Meme. He disappointed at the New York Jets back as a quarterback in 2012. He later on signed with New England Patriots in 2013 which made the New York Jets to release him from the team. He was hired in December 30, 2013 by ESPN as a college football analyst.
Referring to the survey, Tim Tebow comes top on the list. However, four of these influential athletes of America 2017 no longer play lately. With time, this list will continue to change since sports is dynamic and keeps changing overtime.