Most Influential US Athletes

Jimmie Johnson leads Forbes list for second straight year
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2012 6:32 PM CDT
Most Influential Athletes in US
No. 1: NASCAR's Jimmie Johnson   (AP Photo/Steve Sheppard)

Forbes is out with its annual list of the nation's 10 most influential athletes, and NASCAR's Jimmie Johnson leads the way for the second straight year. Here are the top 5, with the results based on opinion polls commissioned by the magazine:

  1. Jimmie Johnson
  2. Tm Tebow
  3. Peyton Manning
  4. Manny Pacquiao
  5. Tom Brady
Click for the full list. Some notables dropping off this year include Michael Phelps, LeBron James, and Shaq. (Read more athletes stories.)

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