Via The Roosevelts:
Ask 50 NFL fans who their favorite player in the league is and you’ll probably get 50 different answers. Popularity at its core is so subjective, if only there was a way to scientifically rank popularity. Now there is. Using a ranking system we’ve developed that takes into account social media and web search rankings we’re calling Algorithm X, we’ve ranked the top 100 NFL players according to the internet.
To produce the numbers we compiled a list of the top 100 players in the league. For each player we compiled their number of Facebook Fans, Twitter Followers, Google Search Results and Bing Search Results, ranked each from most to least. The player at the top receives 100 and the player at the bottom gets 1. The outlier number for each player is thrown out so the maximum possible score is 300. Example: if a player is top on Facebook, Twitter and Google they would recieve the max score of 300. Simple.
Who will come in at number one? The top 10 are listed below. The full list can be found here.
10. Cam Newton - 259 points
As a rookie, the former Hesiman Trophy winner took the NFL by storm last season, putting up eyee-popping numbers in Carolina and those numbers obviously translate to the internet as well.
9. Eli Manning - 264 points
Last year, people questioned whether Peyton's little brother was elite. He said he was and a second Super Bowl win seemed to validate that notion.
T-7. Aaron Rodgers - 274 points
The reigning NFL MVP did the impossible and made the people of Green bay forget about ol' #4.
T-7. Chris Johnson - 274 points
2011 was a down year for the former 2000-yard rusher, but the outspoken Titans back is still as popular as ever online.
T-5. Drew Brees - 281 points
Shattering Dan Marino's passing yards record (along with an ongoing battle with the commissioner over the bounty scandal) has made the NOLA QB a popular search engine target.
T-5. Reggie Bush - 281 points
Brees' former teammate on the Saints may be more popular for his off-the-field antics then for what he does between the white lines.
4. Peyton Manning - 290 points
He may have fewer Super Bowls than his little bro, but Peyton is still the most popular Manning on the internet. But he isn't as popular as the man he replaced in Denver...
3. Tim Tebow - 291 points
Tebow, Tebow Tebow...a 2011 season filled with miracle comebacks, the 'Tebowing' phenomenon and a trade to the circus that is the New York Jets makes Tebow the third most popular player on this list. Not too bad for a backup quarterback.
2. Michael Vick - 292 points
Easily the most polarizing player in the top 10, you either love Michael Vick or you despise him. Either way, you can't argue that the Eagles QB is not one of the most compelling figures in the NFL.
1. Tom Brady - 293 points
Want to be the most popular NFL player on the web? Just win three Super Bowls while putting up stats normally reserved for video games and while you're at it, marry a Brazilian supermodel. It's that easy.
The full list of the top 50 can be viewed here.
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