Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 11/28/12
Peyton Manning has taken over the reigns as the most searched athlete on Bing in 2012, with last year’s winner Maria Sharapova coming in as #4 most searched athlete overall, while remaining the most searched female athlete. Tiger Woods and his up-and-down performance on the links continued to capture the hearts and minds of fans, as he came in at #2 for the second consecutive year. Tim Tebow entered the top 10 for the first time in 2012, as his trade to the New York Jets helped drive him up to the 3rd most searched athlete this year. When it comes to the other major sports, Kobe Bryant proved to be king of the hardwood finishing at #5 overall while Derek Jeter again ruled the diamond for the second straight year as most searched baseball player, coming in at 15th overall. Lebron James finally took home his first NBA title, but was the fourth most searched basketball player behind Kobe and Lamar Odom (Thanks Khloe Kardashian!).   Rank Sports Stars 1 Peyton Manning 2 Tiger Woods 3 Tim Tebow 4 Maria Sharapova 5 Kobe Bryant 6 Serena Williams 7 Lamar Odom 8 LeBron James 9 Cristiano Ronaldo 10 Terrell Owens Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, a Google News site generating millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Chicago Tribune.com, Walter Football.com, Yardbarker, and Fox Sports A Fulbright scholar and MBA, Banks has appeared on live radio all over the world; he’s also a member of the Football Writers Association of America, U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and Society of Professional Journalists. The President of the United States follows him on Twitter (@Paul_M_BanksTSB) You should too.  
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