Sports unify the world. Everyone loves a certain form of sporting activity. What exactly captivates in the sports? Maybe the game to some but to majority it is the players. They command a following of fans, lovers of the game and what more they are role models for numerous youths around the globe. With its vast population, US is home to some of the globe’s biggest athletes.
Those with history in bagging the most wins, producing captivating moves and above all ones who are highly paid. The world does not envy them for their achievements but adores them; fans are ready to part with anything to witness a moment their favorites are in action.
Here I have a list of top 10 most influential athletes of USA. Ones whose contribution to the sport industry will last for decades and maybe event centuries. Being ambassadors and role models, these sports personalities use their positions to influence the young generations, and set new challenges that continue to make the sport activity competitive and enjoyable.
List of top 10 Most Influential Athletes of USA in 2017-2018
10. Tiger Woods
The world’s biggest golf player, Tiger Woods is one among the leading American athletes. Over his career, he stood out with the most wins ever recorded in the game. In game that for decades was presumed as a perverse for the old and rich, Tiger Woods rose through the ranks to be at the helm among his famous records includes being the first youthful competitor to win in 50 tournaments in a single tour. This comes along being the youngest golfer to ever win the Grand Slam. Despite the controversies that shrouded his life at times, he still maintained as being a favorite among fans.
9. LeBron James
Known through the fan base as “King James”, LeBron James is the biggest player in NBA. A popular game among high school and colleges in US. The game’s influence on the youth and teens is ever evident. James standing at 6’8” tall, he is a lead player for the Miami Heat. His moment of glory came in 2013 after driving his team to a historic 27 game winning streak. As a tam leader between 2012 and 2013, he navigated his team to many successful encounters a factor that made him a household name and as well saw him to the position of the best NBA player of all times.
8. Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers made his name playing NFL and taking the position of the best quarterback. The game critics consider him as the most amazing NFL payer of all seasons. His fame is based on a superb performance that saw him rated at 104.9 in passer rating for the consistent season, 103.1 for the post season as the second unsurpassed and over 100.0 vocational pass rating fort he general season. In a game dominated by young risk takers, he comes out as a bog hero among the fans whose performance is always thrilling and placing him in the eighth position of most influential US athletes.
7. Gabby Douglas
A big boost for the African-American community, Gabby Douglas appears o the list as one of the most amazing athletes of the season. A member of United States women gymnastics team, Gabby was among the best performers in 2012 Olympics. She was the first American to take home two gold’s in team competition and individual all-round gymnastic competitions. This is alongside holding the same ranking among the African-Americans making her achievements unique and setting records that might remain for decades.
5. Peyton Manning
It is considered that Peyton Manning has the blood of NFL running in his veins. Why is he considered as such? Being an awesome performer, he comes from a lineage of great performers in the game. His father Archie Manning is a former NFL quarterback while his elder brother Eli Manning plays for New York Giants as quarterback. He made his mark by leading his team; the Broncos to a 13-3 season immediately after recovering from a neck injury. Known by has fans as the “Sherriff”, Peyton commands a large following of his fans and lovers of the NFL games.
4. Derek Jeter
One among the greatest baseball players, Derek Jeter will remain as on of the most influential player of the modern times. He is highly accredited by fans and fellow players as one among the best players. His professionalism is unmatched with a great drive to always ensure a win. He is quoted as having said that participation in any game is a big opportunity for a win and the greatest need to take part in the game. Despite his popularity in the field, he has an equal world of critics with his love relationships with high flying girls constantly making headline. This however is never a bone breaking worry as he continues to do what his fans love him for. Make his team great through wins.
3. Lindsey Vonn
In the third position of the most influential athletes from United States is Lindsey Vonn. She was recognised in 2013 as the Most Desirable Woman in Sports. With a great talent in Skiing, Lindsey has taken in many disciplines of the game. She is one among the only six women who have women medals in all the five disciplines of the game. Her accomplishments I the game include winning a total of 59 world cups in different races. This is alongside bagging gold in Olympics and world championships. Alongside the massive gold’s, she is also the winner of three silver medals making her one of the prominent personalities in skiing world.
2. Michael Phelps
The most decorated swimmer in the world is Michael Phelps. Through his career, he has won a medal in almost every discipline. And this is not just any medal but world record medal. In total, he has managed to capture a total of 39 medals that include 10 relay medals and 29 individual. He has the most records in swimming to his name all around the globe. Among the events, he has set records in swimming events that include the 100 and 200 meter butterfly, 400 meter individual and 200 meter free-style among other swimming
1. Tim Tebow
With support from Christian religious associations, Telbow is the most influential athlete in United States. With his popularity that grows by day his tar shone after the 2010 super bowl promotion that earned him the undisputed support. He has been in several teams among them the New York Planes as the reinforcement quarterback in 1012 and the New Britain Loyalists in 2013. Later in 2013, he became a school football expert with a contract from ESPN.
Alongside winning medals, gaining fame and popularity, the top 10 most influential athletes in US are a force in the community. They carry a lot of influence especially among the young fans. More top this they contribute in kind to different communities as well as being ambassadors for different brands and organisations. It is in these achievements that the athletes gain popularity and following that turn them to celebrities and role models. This is irrespective of the sporting activity that the reigning king or queen represents on the list. They are simply heroes with fans and followers.