Forbes: Brady 2nd most influential

May, 10, 2011
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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is the country's second-most influential athlete, according to a ranking by Forbes. Brady is a new addition to the Top-10 list after winning the NFL's Most Valuable Player award.

"Steady as she goes, Brady's talent and work ethic keep him consistently near the top, even as one of the few to hit double digits on the "dislike" meter," Forbes writes.

Brady edges Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who is seventh. NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson ranks first.

Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal is the other Boston-based athlete on the list, ranking fourth.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter
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