|Mr. Influential - Jimmie Johnson|
Forbes surveyed more than 1,100 adults, questioning them about national and internationally known athletes to gauge their popularity and marketability. Respondents were asked to choose from 40 different terms to describe each athlete, and 25 percent of those questioned used the word "influential" to describe Johnson, with 40 percent saying they liked the Hendrick Motorsports driver.
Teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. was ranked seventh, after holding the No. 3 slot a year ago. Jeff Gordon was not ranked this year, after making the list last season. Six of this year’s Top-10 athletes were NFL players, including brothers Peyton and Eli Manning, Tim Tebow, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers.