Kobe Bryant Ranks Fifth In Poll For Most Popular Athlete In America
[new_royalslider id=”303″]

A recent Harris poll was conducted for who the most popular male athlete was in America. As is to be expected, Kobe Bryant was near the top of the poll.

Lakers Nation Store Is Back! Check Out The Latest Gear!

The poll was topped, for the first time in his career, by LeBron James, who surpassed Michael Jordan who was the most popular athlete in last year’s poll. Bryant, according to ESPN, was tied for fifth:

Rounding out the top 5 is retiring New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and in a tie for fifth is Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Much like James, who has regained his popularity since the infamous ‘Decision,’ Bryant has taken a long road towards the popularity he now enjoys in the latter stages of his career. Even more impressive is that Bryant has maintained this standing despite playing in only six games last season.

Bryant’s popularity, however, extends far beyond America. Bryant is one of the most recognizable athletes around the world and constantly attracts massive crowds of screaming fans wherever he goes.

As his career winds down, Bryant’s ability to remain popular among this new generation of athletes is amazing. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him maintain a run after retirement much like Michael Jordan has.
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Lakers Signing Ed Davis To Two-Year Deal


Please enable Javascript to watch this video

You May Also Like

In-Season Transaction Possibilities For Mitch Kupchak

The other day I wrote about the truth behind the Derek Fisher,…

Lakers Will Not Use Stretch Provision On Steve Nash

[new_royalslider id=”308″] This past season, Steve Nash only appeared in 15 games…

Lakers Look To Break Losing Streak In Portland

The Los Angeles Lakers still own the best record in the NBA…

D-Fenders Recap: Fourth Quarter Comeback Falls Short For D-Fenders In Game 1 Of D-League Finals

Besides entering the NBA Developmental League Playoffs as the fourth and final seed of the Western Conference, the Los Angeles D-Fenders have made the Finals for the second time in history looking to capture the franchise’s first D-League title…