Forbes has released their annual Top 10 Most Influential Athletes list, and for the second year in a row, happy-to-not-be-aborted NFL quarterback Tim Tebow has ranked in the top ten. Tebow (who looks like a pre-surgery Bristol Palin) is one of four NFL players to make the list, along with Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, and New England Patriots Derby-attender Tom Brady. The difference between Tebow and the other people on the list is that the other people on the list have actually done things in professional football.
Tebow dropped from number three in 2010 to number ten in 2011. If he wants to get back to the top, he’s only got two options: win a Super Bowl, or write the entirety of Ephesians 6:10-18 across his forehead and hope for the best.
Interestingly enough, Forbes list contains no professional baseball, hockey or soccer players, but does feature a swimmer and three guys who drive cars. I don’t want to get into the “are NASCAR drivers athletes” debate (because they aren’t, because come on), but I understand their placement: if Dale Earnhardt Jr. told someone in my family to grab a knife and stab me, I’d be stabbed before he explained why.