In the 18 years that ESPN has been doing the poll, only 11 athletes have been #1. And Tebow made it in only his second pro season. It took LeBron James 8 years and Kobe Bryant 11 years to achieve their #1 ranking.
In December's poll, Tebow was picked by 3 percent of those surveyed as their favorite active pro athlete. That put him ahead of Kobe Bryant (2 percent), Aaron Rodgers (1.9 percent), Peyton Manning (1.8 percent) and Tom Brady (1.5 percent) in the top-five of the results.