Kobe Bryant No Longer Most Popular Athlete, Guess Who’s No.1?!



The Lakers’ early exit from the NBA playoffs may have cost Kobe Bryant his No. 1 ranking.  Find out who took his place after the jump…

Every year, Harris Interactive conducts a poll to list America’s most popular sports stars.

Last season, Kobe Bryant  found himself at the top of the list of male stars. Now, he’s dropped to No. 3 in a tie with Michael Jordan, and behind Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and new champ Derek Jeter of the YankeesFrom Janis Carr on OCRegister.com:

Kobe Bryant no longer is the favorite athlete in America, according to a Harris poll, having slipped to No. 3 in 2011. But that’s nothing compared to the free fall for LeBron James.

James, who was rated the No. 6 overall favorite athlete in 2010, didn’t make the top 10 list this year after leaving Cleveland for Miami’s South Beach. He shouldn’t feel too badly, though. Brett Farve (No. 4)  New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees (No. 9) and NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 10) also were left off the list this year. […]

According to the poll, Bryant remains the top athlete among Hispanics and African-Americans and on the West Coast.

You can access the poll directly here if you have concerns about methodology. While Jeter is the new champ, Serena Williams is listed as the most popular female athlete for the third year in a row.

WRITTEN BY  Eric Freeman

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