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Tim Tebow Is America's Favorite Athlete, ESPN Finds

A new ESPN Sports Poll says Tim Tebow is now America's favorite active pro athlete.

The poll, calculated monthly, had the Denver Broncos quarterback ranked atop the list for the month of December. In the 18 years of the ESPN Sports Poll, only 11 different athletes — a list that includes Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, and LeBron James — have been No. 1 in the monthly polling.

Tebow was picked by 3 percent of those surveyed as their favorite active pro athlete. That put him ahead of Kobe Bryant (2 percent), Aaron Rodgers (1.9 percent), Peyton Manning (1.8 percent), and Tom Brady (1.5 percent) in the top-five of the results.

"To put this in perspective, Tim Tebow rose to the top before the end of his second pro season. It took Tiger Woods three years, LeBron James eight years and Kobe Bryant 11 years," said Rich Luker, founder and director of the ESPN Sports Poll. "I think we may be at the front end of a new era in sports stars."

The poll results were gathered from 1,502 interviews from a nationally representative sample of Americans ages 12 and older.

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