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Poll names Tim Tebow most popular athlete

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Tim Tebow was named the most popular athlete in a monthly ESPN poll, a completely shocking development since his name has been completely absent in the news as of late.

(In a news conference after Kobe Bryant scored 48 points earlier this week, the first question he was asked was if he considered Tebowing. Seriously. See the video below.)

In the poll, Tebow finished ahead of Bryant, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

Another surprising development -- the humble, God-fearing Denver Broncos quarterback didn't brag about the accomplishment.

"What's that tell me?" Tebow said to reporters Thursday. "It tells me they have a lot of crazy polls out there. I hope people see I'm real and genuine. I hope they see that I make a ton of mistakes but that I always get back up and try again.

"But I'm very blessed. I'm trying to grow my foundation and things that like really help. They give me a platform. I feel like now I can walk into any Colorado hospital and talk to these kids that I want to help."

Tebow and the Broncos play the New England Patriots on Saturday in the NFL playoffs. He's clearly popular among us mortals, but only time will tell just how popular he is upstairs as well.

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--Melissa Rohlin

Photo: Tim Tebow. Credit: John Leyba /Associated Press

 
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