John Otano
Monday May 6th, 2013

Tim Tebow is still talked about despite not playing much in 2012. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) Tim Tebow is still talked about despite not playing much in 2012. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Surveys conducted by Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research has found that Tim Tebow is the most influential athlete in 2013, Forbes reported on Monday. Following Tebow on Forbes' list are Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt and Derek Jeter as the most influential athletes of 2013.

Tebow, who has over 2.2 million followers on Twitter, appeared in 11 games for the Jets last season and accumulated just 39 yards passing on eight attempts. Stephen Master, Senior Vice President of Sports for Nielsen, said it's "incredible" for a backup quarterback to be talked about so much but cited New York's major media market as fueling Tebow's influence. Tebow was released by the Jets on April 29 and was recently offered a job as a quarterback coach for the Lingerie Football League.

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