Originally posted on Busted Coverage  |  Last updated 12/19/12

At this point in 2011, a quarterback at Baylor University named Robert Griffin III was preparing for a his final game as a college quarterback. In 12 months, with 302,800 Facebook “Likes”, 596,120 Twitter followers and 104,580,000 Google mentions, Griffin has become the third most influential athlete on the Internet, according to Busted Coverage research. By combining these three most powerful gauges of influence on the Internet, we’ve built a list of the 50 Most Influential Athletes on the Internet for 2012. The list is dominated by soccer players (five of top 10), while women account for only two spots (Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova). Perennial web favorite Anna Kournikova is at #64 due to a lack of Twitter followers via her nonexistent account. The same issue kept Derek Jeter (#63) out of the top 50. Peyton Manning is the only athlete on the list without a Twitter or Facebook account. His 15,800,000 Google searches more than made up for his lack of social media reach. No baseball players made the list. As for Griffin III’s meteoric rise in popularity, he has set a single-season record for NFL jersey sales and is in the $4-6 million range in endorsement earnings. The Influential Math: Twitter followers + Facebook Likes + Google Results = Influential ranking FULLSCREENKate Upton Strips For Anartictic Photo Shoot20 Hottest Photos of Amanda CernyTruck On Truck Tug-Of-War Escalates Quickly (Video)Sexy Girls In Tight DressesRGIII Jersey Is Best-Selling In Recorded HistoryNew Alessandra Ambrosio Candid Bikini PicturesA Holiday Serving Of FLBPSexiest Photos of Gracie CarvalhoHOTLINKS50 Most Influential Athletes On The Internet - 2012ofvar cmgGallery = {'info': '50 Most Influential Athletes On The Internet - 2012','galid': '200895','photos': [{"imageurl":"http:\/\/coedbc.files.wordpress.com\/2012\/12\/47-jenson-button.jpg","imagewidth":"600","imageheight":"400","imagetitle":"50. Jenson Button","imagecredit":"Image via Filed under: Features, Lead Marquee

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Wade says Riley did not push him out of Miami

Nationals among multiple teams inquiring on Mark Melancon

McClain does not show up for Cowboys’ training camp

Andre Johnson agrees to two-year deal with Titans

Redskins GM injures hand punching wall in frustration

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Aldon Smith checks into rehab

McCarthy discusses 'urgency’ to win another title with Rodgers

Report: Lions extend CB Darius Slay with $50 million deal

Adam Jones: Bengals dominated Steelers in playoff game

Robert Griffin III on QB battle: Only one of us runs 4.3

Gordon defends friendship with 'good friend' Manziel

Texas A&M creates a very sexist version of their fight song for women

Brown, Marshall are apparently serious about their car bet

Lacy, Starks could split carries to start season

Cyborg Santos post-surgery skull photos are eerie

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Hockey team unveils Clinton, Trump bobbleheads

Bennett compares chemistry with Pats QBs to his love life

Crowell still making amends for controversial Instagram post

Report: LeBron urged Justin Bieber not to perform at RNC

Luck refutes Matt Hasselbeck’s assertion he never showers

Newspaper editor explains use of Jordan meme for MJ article

Five NFL teams set to underachieve in 2016

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker