We’ve come a long way since “The Decision in 2011,” where four-time MVP LeBron James fell out of the Top 10 in most popular male athletes in the United States. Since then, James’ PR team has put together an excellent campaign that had propelled him to the second most popular athlete, only behind Michael Jordan, in the 2013-2014 NBA season.
However, it has come to our attention recently that a new Harris poll surveyed 2,241 people in the U.S. last month and that LeBron James is atop the charts again. James has finally surpassed Jordan, who held the most popular athlete title from 1993-2005, as the most popular male athlete of 2014.
In particular, the poll also showed that LeBron is most popular among the 18-36 and 49-67 age groups, while Jordan is most liked by 37-48 year olds. Following James at number one is New York Yankess superstar Derek Jeter, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, and in a tie for fifth are Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant and NASCAR icon Dale Earnhardt Jr.