Forbes magazine included four Christian athletes in its top 10 list of the Most Influential Athletes of 2012 – among those listed were Tim Tebow, Manny Pacquiao and Jeremy Lin.
The publication created its list after working with Nielsen and E-Poll to survey over 1,100 adults about their favorite athletes. Although the list included 10 athletes in a variety of different sports, almost half of those highlighted have been vocal about their Christian faith in the last year.
Tebow, 24-year-old New York Jets quarterback, was listed as the second-most influential athlete on the Forbes list behind NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson. Tebow had an influential percentage of 24 percent, with 50 percent of the individuals polled saying they either "liked him" or "liked him a lot." more >>
Anthony Federico, the former ESPN editor who was fired for creating a headline that was interpreted as a racial slur against New York Knicks Asian-American point guard Jeremy Lin, recently told The Christian Post that his faith was the only thing that helped him through the potentially career-ending incident.
Federico, 28, posted the headline "Chink in the Armor" on ESPN's website during the height of "Linsanity," the phenomenon sparked by the Knicks' consecutive wins with Lin at the helm. While many interpreted Federico's headline as racist, the former ESPN editor explained recently to CP that he was only referring to Lin as a basketball player, and did not have his ethnicity in mind.
"I used a common sports cliche, one that I and many media outlets have used thousands of times in the past. I used it to describe Jeremy's first bad game as a starter, his first sign of weakness after a magical winning streak," Federico said. "While I was writing the headline I wasn't looking at Jeremy as an Asian-American basketball player. I was looking at him as a basketball player." more >>
Jeremy Lin, 24-year-old New York Knicks guard who is coming off of a knee surgery, proudly tweeted about one of the first major advancements in his rehabilitation progress recently.
"Great team win in ATL. And I jogged slowly (but not as slow as Steve Novak) for the first time since surgery," Lin tweeted Sunday. "It's been a great day so far."
It seems Lin's recovery is on schedule, after the Asian-American Harvard graduate tweeted that he hoped to be jogging two weeks ago which could bring him back to the court six weeks after his April 2 knee surgery. more >>
The New York Knicks have officially clinched a playoff spot, which may mean that Jeremy Lin fans could possibly see the injured point guard return to help his team through the tournament.
One month ago, many were uncertain about the possibility of the team even making the 2011-2012 playoffs. On April 2, an ESPN headline questioned "Will Knicks make the playoffs," while NBA.com and a plethora of other publications have broadcast similar questions in their headlines. However, Lin admitted that if the Knicks managed to do so, he could make a return to the court to help his team.
Lin, 23-year-old starting point guard who was sidelined for six weeks after a torn meniscus in his left knee forced him to undergo regular season ending surgery, said he was "cautiously optimistic" to make a return in the playoffs. However, the Asian-American Harvard graduate said he doubts he will return for the first round, which begins April 28. more >>
Jeremy Lin, New York Knicks starting point guard, is an individual that many children can aspire to be alike, according to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan who lauded the ball player for being one of the world's most influential persons.
Duncan wrote an article about Lin in Time magazine's "The 100 Most Influential People in the World." In the article, the secretary of education said kids can learn a great lesson from the injured Knicks point guard who graduated from Harvard University.
"Jeremy Lin's story is a great lesson for kids everywhere because it debunks and defangs so many of the prejudices and stereotypes that unfairly hold children back," Duncan wrote. "He's dispelled the idea that Asian-American guards somehow couldn't hack it in the NBA -- and that being a world-class athlete on the court is somehow at odds with being an excellent student off the court." more >>
Jeremy Lin, 24-year-old New York Knicks point guard who was forced to leave his team after a regular season-ending knee injury, was selected as a divisional winner of the NBA Sportsmanship Award.
The NBA Sportsmanship Award honors players who represents sportsmanship during the season. Although Lin was chosen to represent the Atlantic division, he will compete against other division leaders such as Cleveland's Antawn Jamison, Dallas' Jason Kidd, the Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul, Miami's Shane Battier and Minnesota's Luke Ridnour.
The NBA players were chosen to be division winners for the 2011-12 NBA season by a panel of five former NBA players. Greg Anthony, John Crotty, Antonio Davis, Eddie Johnson and Kenny Smith picked six divisional winners out of 30 team nominations. more >>