Tiger Woods has been dethroned. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning has been named the most powerful athlete in America.
Businessweek.com has released its annual “Power 100″ list, and Peyton holds the No. 1 spot because of “the combination of athletic achievement plus the ability to connect with an audience on a deeper, more personal level.”
Guess all those Oreo Double Stuffed Racing League commercials/endorsement really helped catapult Peyton to the top!
According to the ranking, Peyton has both the on-field performance and off-field marketing needed to make him the most well-rounded athlete in the United States.
On last year’s list, Peyton trailed behind Tiger and LeBron James. But this year, both Tiger and LeBron have taken a hit in the popularity sector — Tiger’s very public scandal and LeBron’s arrogance combined with his departure from the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Rounding out the top three? Snowboarder Shaun White at No. 2 and Tiger at No. 3.
Top 20 footballers include: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at No. 5, Saints quarterback Drew Brees at No. 7 and Giants quarterback/Peyton’s brother Eli Manning at No. 17.
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