A poll just released by Harris Interactive has found that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is the eighth-most popular American sports star. Brady was not in the top 10 when the poll was conducted last year.
Tiger Woods, who had held the title of America's favorite athlete since 2006, was tied in this year's poll with Kobe Bryant. Interestingly, the Lakers star (fourth in last year's poll) has like Woods had his image tarnished by a sex scandal, when he settled a sexual-assault lawsuit out of court, but the memory of that 2003 case has largely faded.
NBA star LeBron James fell from third to sixth, despite the fact that Harris conducted the poll before his widely criticized public announcement that he was leaving Cleveland for Miami.
The company surveyed 2,227 adults online between June 14 and June 21.
The top 10: 1 (tie). Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods; 3. Derek Jeter; 4. Brett Favre; 5. Peyton Manning; 6. LeBron James; 7. Michael Jordan; 9. Drew Brees; 10. Dale Earnhardt Jr.