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What Athletes Have Been Most Influential?

TIME magazine released it’s yearly list of the top 100 most influential people in the world. In no particular order, six athletes made the cut. Only two of those athletes are American, and neither guy has made an All-Star game in their respective sport. However, their influence is unchallenged, as the two athletes are New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin, and New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow.

Lin actually wrote TIME’s piece on Tebow’s selection.


He is unashamed of his convictions and faith, and he lives a life that  consistently reflects his values, day in and day out. Through his foundation, he  constantly reaches out to people and communities in need of hope. He realizes  what he has been blessed with and seeks to help those who are worse off. As  athletes, we pour our hearts into winning games. Tim is a reminder that life is  about much more than that.

Lin, an open Christian himself, was all the rage in the sports world just a few months ago. As an Asian-American, he’s helped to break some of the stereotypes many Asians face in this Country. His immediate fanbase (pictured below) spread across the World at an unprecedented pace.

The other four athletes to make the list were soccer player Lionel Messi, South African runner Oscar Pistorius, golfer Yani Tseng, and number one ranked Tennis pro Novak Djokovic.

Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images

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